The Sacred Heart Prep girls' soccer team was still looking for its first goal and first victory of the season when it took on visiting South San Francisco in a nonleague match Tuesday. The Gators took care of both those goals by posting a 4-0 triumph.
"It was certainly nice to put the ball in the back of the net and get the win," said SHP coach Jake Moffat. "We have a lot of roles that we need to fill, and it takes some time for the team to gel."
After dominating the first half on the offensive side but not finding the back of the cage, the Gators (1-2-2) exploded for four goals after intermission.
Freshman Christine Callinan gave SHP its first goal and winning goal before freshman Hailey Goldberg made it a 2-0 match. Junior Ali Jordan followed with a third goal off an assist from junior Kendall Jager, who finished off the scoring with freshman Nicola Wheeler assisting.
Also in Atherton, Menlo School defeated visiting Prospect, 3-1, in a nonleague match on Tuesday. The Knights improved to 2-2-2.
Menlo's first goal at 29 minutes was scored by sophomore Lindsay Karle from close range on a rebound of sophomore Chandler Wickers' shot. In the second half, Menlo junior Priya Medberry scored from 14 yards after a cross from junior Ellie Still in the 15th minute for a 2-0 lead.
Prospect made it 2-1 on a long shot at 25 minutes and Menlo answered one minute later when Karle tallied her second goal from eight yards off an assist from sophomore Sienna Stritter. Menlo out-shot Prospect 20-6. Junior goalies Julia Dressel and Kelly McConnell each had three saves while splitting time in goal. Senior Shannon Lacy led the Knights defense.
Also in Atherton, Menlo-Atherton team responded to a 1-0 deficit in the second half and scored three unanswered goals to post a 3-2 nonleague triumph over visiting St. Ignatius on Tuesday.
Jen Kirst sent a cross to Meryssa Thompson, who tied the match in the 64th minute. Kirst then gave the Bears (4-2) a 2-1 lead off an assist from Gabby Zanutta. Just nine minutes later, Kirst and Thompson hooked up again, with Thompson getting her second goal.
With juniors E.J. Floreal and Aubrey Dawkins combining for 46 points, Palo Alto rolled to a 71-52 nonleague victory over host Oak Grove on Tuesday night.
Floreal poured in 25 points and Dawkins added 21 as the Vikings improved to 6-1 after holding only a one-point lead after one quarter. The margin was nine at halftime and 11 entering the fourth quarter. Junior guard Kenny Jones added a season-high 13 points for the Vikings, who pulled away with a 22-point fourth quarter.
In San Francisco, Sacred Heart Prep kept it close through three quarters before host St. Ignatius pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 58-50 nonleague victory. Ricky Galliani had 12 points for the Gators (3-2) with Matt McNamara and Cole McConnell adding 10 apiece.
With Cat Perez tossing in 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds, Gunn bounced back from a pair of losses at the Pinewood Classic to beat host Pioneer, 43-31, in nonleague action Tuesday night.
The Titans (4-3) trailed at halftime by 20-16, but held Pioneer to just 11 points after intermission. Freshman Meghan Mahoney pulled down eight rebounds as the Titans once again did a good job on the boards.
In Atherton, Melissa Holland tallied 14 points to help Sacred Heart Prep remain unbeaten with a 35-21 nonleague victory over visiting Evergreen Valley on Tuesday night. The Gators (5-0) held the visitors scoreless in the third quarter while building a 22-12 lead.
In Richmond, Pinewood let things slip away in the third quarter and suffered a 54-45 nonleague loss to host Salesian. The Panthers (2-3) led by a point after one quarter and were tied at halftime, 25-25. Salesian outscored Pinewood by six in the third period to pull away. Kelly Doran scored 10 points for the Panthers.
In a rescheduled game, host Menlo-Atherton played two solid quarters and two not-so-solid periods while dropping a 47-40 nonleague decision to Analy, which made nine 3-pointers. The Bears (3-5) outscored Analy in the first and third quarters by a combined 13 points, but were outscored in the second and fourth by 20 points. Tennyson Jellins led M-A with 17 points.