Soccer teams advance at Palo Alto; M-A girls win tourney championship


The next round of matches is all set for the Palo Alto Winter Classic and the host Vikings are in good position to capture their own girls' soccer tournament.

Palo Alto (2-1) won a pair of matches last week to open the two-week, 12-team event and won its division. The Vikings will face Priory on Thursday at the El Camino field at 6 p.m., hoping to earn a berth in Friday's semifinals.

In another third-round match on Thursday, Gunn (2-0) and Castilleja (3-1) will meet at a time and site to be determined. Menlo (0-0-3) and Mountain View will meet at the El Camino field at 4 p.m.

Semifinals will be Friday at 6 p.m., at the Paly football and El Camino fields. The championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., also on El Camino field.

The Paly girls own a 3-1 win over Castilleja and a 5-0 victory over Willow Glen, on Saturday. Sophomores Jordan Smith and Erin Chang each scored a pair of goals with senior Gracie Cain adding the other.

Cain provided the winning tally in the seventh minute after Smith received the ball on the right side and crossed it to Marina Foley, who in turn passed to Cain just outside the top of the box. Cain placed a left-footed shot just over the keeper's reach and into the left side of the cage.

Five minutes later, Foley dribbled down the left side and got to the end line before cutting in and crossing to Smith at about six yards out. Smith was running into it and finished it low and into the net for a 2-0 lead. In the 34th minute, a shot by Cain was deflected but Chang alertly ran in and finished it. Two minutes later, junior Melissa Johns crossed a ball from the right that Chang received and found the left corner for a 4-0 halftime lead.

Smith finished off the scoring all by herself when she took the ball down the right sideline, cut in and beat two defenders before finishing the play.

In other second-round matches Saturday, Menlo let a 2-0 halftime lead disappear and suffered a 2-2 deadlock with Aragon. Kelly Cavan scored an unassisted goal while Alex Tom scored on an assist from Maya Norman to pace the Knights.

Priory scored two unanswered goals in the second half to put away Scotts Valley, 3-1. Darrah Shields scored on a penalty kick and assisted on a goal by Caitlin Teoman in the first half. Mariana Galvan provided the winning goal in the second half on an assist from Eugenia Jernick.

A day earlier, Castilleja got two goals from Emily Mosbacher in a 3-2 victory over Willow Glen.

In other tournament action, Menlo-Atherton won the seventh annual Lady Tiger Soccer Classic in Lemoore on Saturday afternoon. M-A beat the hosts in the championship game, 1-0.

The Bears (4-0-1) went 4-0 in the tournament, allowing just one goal while scoring 11. Seven different Bears scored, led by Gillian Collom and Meryssa Thompson, each with three goals apiece.

Cross country

Gunn senior Erin Robinson finished 80th in the Seeded Girls' race at the Foot Locker West Regional Championships on Saturday. Robinson clocked 20:28 over a 3.1-mile courst at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

Boys' soccer

Palo Alto played for the championship of the Winter Classic at Amador High in Pleasanton on Saturday night, tying with Cal High, 1-1, following two 10-minute overtime periods.

The match went to penalty kicks to decide the tourney champ and Cal High came out on top. For power points in the Central Coast Section, the outcome reportedly will go down as a tie. Cal High scored approximately midway through the first half while dominating, but Paly (3-0-1) came out strong in the second half and got the tying goal from Mark Raftrey with about 10 minutes left in regulation.

Gunn (1-1) opened play in the Homestead Christmas Cup tournament with a 1-0 victory over Fremont on Saturday. The Titans will host Santa Teresa on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Water polo

The Division I boys and Division II girls captured their respective matches in the annual meeting between the top seniors in the Central Coast Section.

In the girls' matchup, the CCS Division II all-stars defeated Division I, 12-5, as Sacred Heart Prep's Emily Parsons and Sarah Westscott scored goals as did Castilleja's Barbara Peterson.

In the boys' match, Division I and II actually battled to a 15-15 deadlock before Division I won in penalty shots. Menlo's John Holland-McCowan scored six goals to lead the Division II all-stars.


With Nick Ortiz taking second at 125 pounds, Palo Alto finished fifth out of 34 schools at the annual Peninsula Invitational at Half Moon Bay on Saturday. The only teams finishing ahead of the Vikings were Serra, South San Francisco, Palma and Aptos.

After a first-round bye, Ortiz pinned Tim Liang of Mills, had a major decision over Michael Nguyen of Galileo, 9-0, decisioned Andre Delagnes of Menlo-Atherton in the semifinals, 6-5, before losing in the finals to Travis Roberts of Serra, 4-2. Paly's Kalen Gans was third at 171 pounds, Trent Marshall was fourth at 135 pounds and Tanner Marshall was sixth at 189 pounds.

Gunn took 19 wrestlers to the Harbor Frosh/Soph Invitational on Saturday in Santa Cruz and came home with five champions, more than any of the other 30 teams competing.

Cadence Lee (112), Eric Cramer (125), Miko Mallari (140), Stephen Martin (145) and Sean Lydster (189) all won titles for the Titans while Tavor Baharav (125) finished second. Gunn also had five third-place finishers and three taking fourth.

Gunn will host its annual Gunn Quad on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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