The Sacred Heart Prep girls' soccer team opened defense of its West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) title with a 6-0 blasting of visiting Mercy-Burlingame on a damp and dreary Thursday afternoon.
The Gators (1-0, 5-3-2), who have been off for two weeks, got off to an expected slow start and led only 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Geena Graumann. It would be the start of a huge day for Graumann, who went on to score four more goals in the second half for a career-high five-goal outing. Leda Espinoza provided a pair of assists while Sophia Abuel-Saud had one goal and one assist.
In a battle between last season's No. 2 and 3 teams in the West Bay Athletic League, the visiting Priory girls had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Menlo School in a division opener for both teams on Thursday. It was the first time in nine matches this season that the Panthers (0-0-1, 5-1-3) had been held scoreless.
Priory had many scoring opportunities in the second half, but weren't able to convert against the Knights (0-0-1, 1-3-5). Menlo's keeper tandem of sophomores Julia Dressel and Kelly McConnell played well while sharing the shutout. Dressel made six first-half saves while McConnell finished up with nine. Junior defenders Shannon Lacy and Elyse Adler stood out for the Knights, as well. Menlo coach Donoson FitzGerald also singled out junior midfielder Alex Tom, senior midfield Kelly Cavan and freshman forward Amanda McFarland for their play.
In another WBAL opener, Castilleja (0-1, 5-4) dropped a 2-1 decision to host King's Academy. Emily Mosbacher scored in the first half off an assist from Caitlin Colvin, but King's stormed back with two second-half goals to secure the win. Mosbacher now has nine goals this season.
In the PAL Bay Division, junior Meryssa Thompson gave host Menlo-Atherton a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, but the Bears (0-3-1, 5-3-2) couldn't hold on as Carlmont rallied for a 2-1 victory on Thursday.
Mid-Peninsula (4-0, 9-2) remained on top of the Private Schools Athletic League (North Division) race with a 49-43 victory over visiting Kehillah Jewish School on Thursday. Max Kaplan had 15 points for Kehillah.
Led by five Titans who pinned their opponents, the Gunn wrestling team got on a roll and could not be stopped while posting a 54-21 victory over host Santa Clara in a SCVAL El Camino Division match on Thursday night. Stefan Weidemann won with a pin at 171 pounds to remain unbeaten this season for the Titans (3-0, 5-1).
Palo Alto's scheduled home match against Cupertino on Thursday was postponed and will be rescheduled. The Vikings defeated host Monta Vista on Tuesday night, 39-33.