Palo Alto boys open soccer season with a big win


The Palo Alto boys got a jump on the season and incoming inclement weather to post a shutout on Monday to open their 2014-15 soccer campaign.

The Vikings pulled away froma 1-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 6-0 nonleague victory over visiting Milpitas.

Palo Alto took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by junior Cole Tierney before exploding for five in the second half with senior Wesley Woo leading the way with a pair of goals and one assist.

Junior Dami Bolarinwa had one of each with sophomores Brian Tracy and Michel Siaba adding solo goals. Paly defenders Declan Cassini (junior), freshman Matt Knowles, sophomore Derrick Schoenberger and junior Joey Beradi all had solid games while limiting Milpitas to just three shots on goal while Paly starting keeper Alex Bonomi earned the shutout.

Palo Alto (1-0) will host Menlo School on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., before heading into the Oak Grove Tournament on Saturday with a home match against St. Ignatius at 11 a.m.

In Atherton, Menlo dropped a 3-1 nonleague decision to Aragon in a season opener.

Menlo sophomore Zachary Davila scored with an assist from junior Will Chisholm at the 20-minute mark of the second half to tie the score, 1-1.

Less than five minutes later, senior keeper Alex Moore punched out a kick over the crossbar for a save. The Dons continued to push the attack and scored twice late in the second.

Girls basketball

Two new coaches made their debut to highlight Menlo-Atherton's 60-47 victory over visiting Gunn in a CCS Sportsmanship Game on Monday night.

Cass Taylor took the floor as the Titans' new head coach while former Eastside Prep and Stanford player Markiska Coleman guided the Bears for the first time.

Gunn sophomore Archer Olson scored nine of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter as the teams battled to a 15-15 deadlock. After Gunn took a one-point lead in the second period, M-A sophomore Megan Sparrow converted a three-point play to give her team a 32-30 halftime lead.

The game remained close through three periods before M-A exploded for 20 points in the final quarter. M-A sophomore Ilana Baer led the Bears with 12 points with freshman guard Carly McLanahan adding 11 as she knocked down a trio of 3-pointers.

A few miles away, host Menlo School also opened its season with a 70-39 win over Mills in another CCS Sportsmanship Game (contests don't count on season records).

The two-time defending CCS Division IV champion Knights jumped out to a 39-15 halftime lead and cruised from there. Sam Erisman led Menlo with 20 points while Anna Miller and Angel Okoro each had 10 boards. Hannah Paye had 11 points and five assists.

Girls soccer

Castilleja opened its season with a 1-0 nonleague loss to host King's Academy in Sunnyvale on Monday. The Knights scored the winning goal in the second half.

Castilleja keeper Amanda McMaster had 12 saves in the match, eight in the second half. Anais Sarrazin had two shots on goal for the Gators in the first half, with teammates Sam Jensen and Nicole Goodman each adding one shot on goal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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