Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 13, 2012

Gunn boys' and girls' soccer teams pull off sweep of Paly

by Keith Peters

Palo Alto and Gunn played four times in two different sports on Wednesday, meeting in basketball and soccer. Thanks to the Titans' soccer squads, the two schools wound up with a split.

The Gunn boys' and girls' soccer teams evened the score with Palo Alto as the boys posted a 2-0 victory and the girls came away with a 3-1 triumph.

The Gunn boys continued Palo Alto's uncharacteristic poor season and improved to 2-0 in the SCVAL De Anza Division (5-2-2 overall) as Andriy Khrustalyoz and Mario Tepia provided the goals while Kevin Macario and David Alcazar contributed the assists as Paly fell to 0-3 (0-9-2).

At Gunn, the host Titans pasted a 3-1 defeat on the Paly girls as Ming Ming Liu scored twice and Sarah Robinson added another goal plus an assist as Gunn improved to 1-1 in league (5-5 overall) while Paly fell to 0-2-1 in league (2-4-3 overall).

Gunn's Natalie Perreault and Bella Harbert had their best games of the season on both sides of the ball while teammate Haleli Moalem added an assist on the first goal.

Lily Seedman provided Paly's goal.

The Vikings missed a golden opportunity to score right in front of the cage in the opening minute, with Gunn dominating the rest of the first half with possession and speed while putting pressure on Paly keeper Erin Chang, who made saves at the 25th and 26th minute.

After that, Gunn finally broke the drought with a shot that got past a diving Chang and rebounded off the far post to Liu, who tapped it in. Seedman tied the match before halftime after teammate Emily Brown made a steal and played a long ground ball to Seedman.

Paly missed another scoring opportunity in the second half before Robinson made a nice individual move through multiple players and scored in the 71st minute in a one-on-one with Chang.

Paly coach Kurt Devlin then added another forward (Marina Foley) while pulling a defender in hopes of deadlocking the match. Gunn, however, took advantage of Paly having only three defenders with Liu scoring in the 75th minute off Robinson's assist.

Boys' soccer

Sacred Heart Prep strengthened its hold on first place in the West Bay Athletic League with a 5-0 victory over visiting Crystal Springs on Wednesday. The Gators improved to 4-0 in league (7-0-2 overall).

Juniors Willy Lamb and Brendan Spillane hooked up for the first goal with Lamb finishing. Sophomores Andrew Segre and Isaac Polkinhorne also scored in the first half, both off assists from junior Joe Callinan. Andrew Liotta made it 4-0 in the second half off an assist from Polkinhorne while senior Max Polkinhorne came out of goal to finish the scoring, thanks to an assist from his brother.

In Portola Valley, Menlo School set the tone for a 3-0 victory over host Priory just three minutes into their WBAL match. The Knights (1-1-1, 4-1-3 overall) jumped out early with a clinical goal by junior Ryan Karle in the third minute of play off an assist from junior Max Parker. Karle and Parker connected again in similar fashion just over 30 minutes later to go into halftime up 2-0. With two minutes left to play, senior Lyall Cooper crossed to freshman Jackson Wagner, who neatly slotted home the final goal of the game.

In Redwood City, Menlo-Atherton and host Sequoia battled to a 2-2 deadlock in PAL Bay Division action. Tom Kaheli and Will Cabral tallied goals for the Bears (0-0-1, 5-0-2) with Edgardo Molina and Daniel Gil adding assists, respectively.

Girls' soccer

Priory remained unbeaten in the WBAL Foothill Division with a 4-1 victory over host Castilleja at the Mayfield Soccer Complex on Wednesday.

The Panthers (2-0 (5-2-2) got two goals from sophomore Caitlin Teoman and one each from sophomore Laura Wu and senior Darrah Shields, who also added a pair of assists. Molly Simpson also played a standout role along with Teoman.

Priory is playing without standout junior forward Mariana Galvan, who suffered a knee injury in the first match of the season and needed surgery. She also missed most of her freshman season with an injury.

In San Bruno, Sacred Heart Prep got four goals from four different contributors in a 4-0 victory over host Mercy-Burlingame in a WBAL Foothill Division match on Tuesday at Skyline College. The first, and deciding goal, came on a corner kick by the Gators' Alex Bourdillion that was knocked in by a Mercy player for an own goal in the first five minutes as SHP improved to 2-0 in league (4-2-3 overall). Sacred Heart Prep scored its first three goals in the first nine minutes of the match.

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