Menlo, M-A girls battle to scoreless draw in soccer


The Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton girls opened their respective soccer seasons against each other on Tuesday and came away with a 1-1 nonleague deadlock on the Bears' field.

Following a scoreless first half, the Bears struck first with a goal by Katie Guenin just four minutes in. Guenin broke fre down the right flank and lofted a goal over the reach of Menlo keeper Schuyler Tilney-Volk.

Menlo answered in the 17th minute on a 22-yard shot by freshman midfielder Julia Wang, off a nice assist from junior forward Zoe Enright. Senior midfielder Alexandra Walker and senior midfielder Leah Swig had solid efforts for Menlo.

Next up for both teams will be the Burlingame Tournament. M-A will take on Sequoia on Friday at 4:30 p.m., with Menlo facing Saratoga on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Both matches are at Burlingame High.

In another season opener, Gunn played Los Gatos to a 1-1 deadlock on the Titans' field.

Boys basketball

Menlo-Atherton rallied from a one-point deficit at halftime and outscored host Tennyson by 11 after intermission on the way to a 52-42 season-opening victory on Tuesday. M-A center Ryan Cole poured in all 19 of his points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds to spark the Bears while Lucas Fioretti added 12 points and Whittaker Jellins pulled down 10 rebounds.

In Santa Clara, Palo Alto opened its season with a 69-49 romp over the host Bruins as senior Kevin Mullin poured in 25 points while making 8 of 16 from the field, including 7 of 12 from three-point range. Mullin also had eight rebounds and four assists

The Vikings jumped to a 22-7 lead after one period. Senior Johnny Rojahn added 17 points and sophomore Miles Tention finished with nine.

Rojahn made five 3-pointers and Tention had three as the Vikings made 17 of 33 attempts and shot 52 percent from long range.

Girls basketball

With Riley Hemm pouring in 18 points, Sacred Heart Prep opened its season with a 47-42 nonleague triumph over visiting Mercy-Burlingame on Tuesday. The victory was the first for new SHP head coach Melanie Murphy, the former Stanford player and Gunn coach. Ma'ata Makoni added 12 points for the Gators, who held Mercy to just two points in the fourth period.

Boys soccer

Sacred Heart Prep opened its 2014-15 season with a scoreless draw against host Riordan on Tuesday. The Gators will host Jefferson on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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