The West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' soccer race got a lot tighter and more interesting following Sacred Heart Prep's 1-1 deadlock against host Menlo School on Thursday. The first-place Gators (4-0-1, 8-4-3) lead the Knights (3-0-2, 4-3-6) by two points and third-place Priory by just three points heading into the second half of the season.
Menlo scored just two minutes into the match when Sophie Sheeline connected from 10 yards away on the rebound of a shot from Kelly Cavan. Sacred Heart Prep equalized late in the first half when Kendall Jager scored from 18 yards out on a pass from Abby Dahlkamper. The second half was an exciting back-and-forth game with both teams creating good scoring opportunities.
Menlo goalkeeper Julia Dressel was outstanding while making 12 saves against the favored Gators. She was supported by strong defensive play from Sophia King, Shannon Lacy, and Elyse Adler.
In Portola Valley, Priory remained in third place, just three points out of first, following a 6-0 romp over visiting King's Academy in a WBAL (Foothill Division) match on Thursday. The Panthers (3-1-1, 8-2-3) didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard as sophomore Mariana Galvan scored the first of her three goals with only one minute expired following a back-heel pass from sophomore Sarah Zuckerman.
In the seventh minute, Darrah Shields crossed the ball into the six-yard box and hit Eugenia Jernick, who deflected it in to the cage for a 2-0 lead. Soon after, in the 10th minute, a corner kick by Shields was headed in by junior Molly Simpson. Priory scored again in the 41st minute on a goal by
senior Alex Schnabel, assisted by a through ball by Shields.
In the 60th minute, Zuckerman was fouled on a corner kick with Shields converting the PK for her sixth goal in the past four matches. Simpson converted another PK in the 68th minute after freshman Lexi Garrity was fouled in the box. Priory will host Menlo on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in a battle for second place.
In Palo Alto, Castilleja got its first WBAL Foothill Division victory as Caitlin Colvin and Emily Mosbacher each scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Mercy-Burlingame at the Mayfield Soccer Complex. Mosbacher gave the Gators (1-4, 6-8) a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute off an assist from Colvin. Three minutes later, it was Mosbacher beating several defenders from midfield and assisting on Colvin's goal for the eventual game-winner.
In the 46th minute, Mosbacher collected a clearance and dribbled through defenders before burying a shot for a 3-0 lead. Mercy scored in the 56th minute on a corner before freshman Rebecca Kirkwood took a pass from Mosbacher in the 79th minute and scored.
In a WBAL Skyline Division match, host Pinewood scored all of its goals in the first half on the way to a 5-2 victory over Mercy-San Francisco on Thursday. Etelle Stephan scored the eventual winning goal before adding a second goal to give the Panthers (3-2, 8-6-1) a 4-0 lead. Helen Jarnagin, Adrienne Whitlock and Margo Cilker also scored for Pinewood with Whitlock providing three assists.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (3-4-1, 8-4-2) dropped back in the race following a 4-0 loss to host Burlingame, which moved into a tie for second (with Woodside) with the victory.
Junior Bryan Walker managed 11 points, but Eastside Prep's scoring woes continued as the Panthers dropped a 44-29 decision to host Harker in a West Bay Athletic League game that was moved up from Friday night. Eastside (0-8, 5-13) has yet to win in league play this season has rarely has reached 50 points in most of its games.
With Hailie Eackles scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) standings with a 58-24 drubbing of host Mercy-San Francisco on Thursday night. The Panthers (6-0, 15-4) raced to a 22-4 first-quarter lead and held a 29-11 advantage at halftime.
Kelsey Morehead dished out six assists and had seven steals while Angelina Mapa and Miranda Seto each contributed 11 points for Pinewood, which will visit second-place Eastside Prep on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) in what likely should decide the division regular-season title.
Gunn moved closer to wrapping up the SCVAL El Camino Division dual-match title with an overwhelming 73-0 victory over visiting Lynbrook on Thursday night. Lynbrook, normally a competitive wrestling program, was hampered by sickness and injury and was forced to forfeit six of the 14 weight divisions. If that wasn't enough, the Titans won the other eight matches -- most by fall or technical fall.
Gunn senior Stefan Weidemann (152) continued his undefeated season with his 13th pin of the year and is now 16-0 and ranked first in the CCS and fourth in the state. Sophomore Eric Cramer (119) remained undefeated in duals (7-0) and has amassed 16 pins thus far.
In the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo-Atherton improved to 6-0 (7-1 overall) with a 55-19 victory over host Aragon. The Bears picked up six victories by forfeit and won five others by pin. The Bears' Koji Kameda had the meet's quickest match when he pinned his 154-pound opponent in just 29 seconds. Lualaba Naufahu (191) had a 9-0 win. Temuulen Bat-Enkh (137) had a first-round pin for the Bears while Andre Delagnes (121), Josh Middel (162) and Sam Stroud (132) each recorded second-round pins.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto saw its chances for a possible dual-meet title disappear in a 45-24 loss to host Los Gatos on Thursday night. The Wildcats improved to 4-0 with one match remaining while Paly fell to 3-1 as the Vikings lost nine of the 14 matches.