Priory and Gunn girls advance in the Winter Soccer Classic


The Priory girls' soccer team knocked host Palo Alto out of a possible championship berth in the Palo Alto Winter Soccer Classic with a 2-0 victory on Thursday in third-round action at El Camino Field.

Mariana Galvan scored the eventual game-winning goal in the first half off an assist from Darrah Shields. The two combined for the second goal, in the second half, with Shields getting the tally.

Priory (2-1) will play Carlmont in a semifinal match on Friday (6 p.m.) on El Camino Field, with a victory moving the Panthers into Saturday's championship match at 2:30 p.m. Palo Alto (2-2) will face Los Altos in a consolation match on Friday at 8 p.m., on the Paly football field.

The Gunn girls also advanced to the semifinals of the Palo Alto Winter Classic on Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Castilleja. The Titans will face Mountain View on Friday in a semifinal on the Paly football field at 6 p.m. Castilleja will play Menlo School in a consolation match at El Camino Field at 8 p.m.

Gunn got four goals from Haleli Moalem, the first coming in the 10th minute off a corner that was rebounded in. Seven minutes later it was Moalem scoring again. Castilleja's Emily Mosbacher was fouled in the box and converted the penalty kick to trim the Gators' deficit to 2-1 at halftime. Ten minutes into the second half, Mosbacher collected a ball at midfield and converted a shot from 25 yards out to deadlock the match at 2. Moalem later scored on two breakaways. Sarah Robinson provided a pair of assists for Gunn.

Also at the Winter Classic, Menlo School dropped a 3-1 decision to Mountain View in the third round on Thursday. The Knights (0-1-3) took a 1-0 lead on a 25-yard direct free kick by Kelly Cavan 15 minutes into the game. Menlo's sophomore goalkeeper Julia Dressel had nine first-half saves to lead the Menlo defensive effort alongside strong play from Menlo defenders Frannie McCarthy, Sophia King, Elyse Adler, and Dana Gornick.

Mountain View scored three minutes into the second half and added the winning goals in the final 20 minutes. Emily Andrew scored all three goals for Mountain View while Dressel finished with 17 saves for Menlo.

In another tourney match, Carlmont beat Los Altos in penalty kicks (11-10) after the teams had battled to a 1-1 deadlock in regulation.

In nonleague action:

After starting the season with two shutout losses, host Sacred Heart Prep has rebounded with a pair of shutout victories. The latest came Thursday in a 1-0 blanking of defending Central Coast Section Division III champion Santa Cruz as SHP senior Abby Dahlkemper scored a second-half goal off an assist from Geena Graumann.

At Pinewood, the Panthers got two goals from Danielle Man and two assists from Adrienne Whitlock in a 3-2 victory over Summit Prep. Etelle Stephan provided the first Pinewood goal, on an assist from Man.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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