CCS co-champions are off to a slow start in girls soccer


Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep reached the Central Coast Section Division III girls soccer finale last season and shared the title after playing to a deadlock.

Neither team, however, is in championship form quite yet with only one combined win between them after six total matches.

Sacred Heart Prep is off to a 1-2 start following a 3-1 nonleague loss to host Palo Alto on Monday.

The Vikings (3-0) are off to a great start and have outscored the opposition 10-1 after Monday's win.

Jacey Pederson got her fourth goal of the season after heading in off a corner kick from Priscilla Bell in the first minute of the match. Near the end of the first half, Paly's Ansley Queen intercepted a mis-kicked ball and expertly finished for a 2-0 halftime lead.

Sacred Heart Prep earned a penalty kick in the 49th minute that Olivia Athens calmly put into the goal, but Palo Alto answered when Tess Preising split two defenders, gained a step with her pace and put the ball past the keeper.

Palo Alto will host Burlingame on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., while SHP visits Menlo-Atherton at 3:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Menlo girls remained winless at 0-1-2 after dropping a 2-0 nonleague decision to host Mountain View.

The Spartans (2-0-0) scored first in the 15th minute when Ysa Baluyot scored from close range off an assist from Morgan Matthews. Mountain View's second goal came 25 minutes into the second half and was scored by Betan Parry from 10 yards out off an assist from Baluyot.

Menlo was led by seniors Tess Batchelder and Jamie Corley, as well as juniors Zoe Enright and Claire McFarland. The Knights play host to Aragon on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Boys basketball

Scott Harris scored a career-high 40 points to pace visiting Priory to an 87-55 nonleague victory over Oceana on Monday night. The Panthers (2-0) bolted to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and put it away with 55 points in the second half. Andy Isokpehi added 14 points for Priory.

Girls basketball

Menlo School jumped out to a 34-25 halftime lead against NorCal Division IV power Colfax and rolled to a 55-41 nonleague victory on the road Monday night.

The Knights (2-0) were led by Mackenzie Duffner and Hannah Paye, each with 12 points. Sam Erisman contributed five assists while Angel Okoro had nine rebounds and D'Jane Stine contributed nine points. Menlo next plays at Sequoia on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Boys soccer

Gunn's perfect season came to an end in a 3-0 nonleague loss to visiting Leland. Gunn dropped to 2-1 after posting wins over Santa Clara and Serra last week. The Titans will host South San Francisco on Wednesday in a Homestead Christmas Cup match at 5 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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