Palo Alto, Gunn girls reach soccer semifinals


The quarterfinal round of the Palo Alto Winter Classic girls' soccer tournament was a battle of penalty kicks as three of the four matches went past regulation on Thursday to decide berths into the semifinals.

Palo Alto kept its hopes alive of winning its own tournament as the Vikings advanced with a 4-2 decision on penalty kicks over. Paly will play Aragon in the semifinals on Friday (6 p.m.) on the Paly football field. The winner will advance to the championship match on Saturday at the El Camino field at 2:30 p.m.

Palo Alto and Carlmont battled to a scoreless deadlock in regulation as the Vikings had only three shots -- one on frame -- while the Scots had five of their nine shots on frame. Paly junior goalie Erin Chang made those five saves while Nina Kelty cleared a loose ball from in front of the cage to prevent a possible game-winning goal by Carlmont.

Once in penalty kicks, Carlmont missed its first attempt and Chang stopped the Scots' fourth attempt as the Vikings earned a berth into the semifinals. Paly got successful PK's from Terra Jones, Jordan Smith, Mayssen Labidi and Emy Kelty. Chang followed with her block as Paly's bench erupted in celebration.

In other matches, Los Altos defeated Castilleja 2-0-; Aragon and Menlo School played to a 1-1 tie with the Dons winning on PK's, 5-4; and Gunn held off Mountain View on penalty kicks, 4-3, after the teams had tied, 1-1, in regulation.

Gunn and Los Altos will meet in the other semifinal on Friday at 6 p.m. on the El Camino Field.

In consolation matches, Santa Clara and Priory meet at El Camino field at 4 p.m., Sacred Heart Prep and Saratoga meet at the same time on the Paly football field, Menlo School and Carlmont play at El Camino field at 8 p.m. and Castilleja takes on Mountain View on the football field, also at 8 p.m.

Gunn fell behind by 1-0 in the second half before Alyssa Perreault assisted on a goal by sophomore Sarah Robinson, who chipped in a shot for the equalizer. In penalty kicks, the Spartans missed a few shots wide to give the Titans the edge. Isabelle Harbert stood out on defense for Gunn.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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