The nationally ranked Palo Alto girls exploded for a quartet of goals in the second half while rolling to a 5-0 soccer victory over visiting Saratoga in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Tuesday.
The Vikings (2-0, 8-0), who came into the match ranked No. 14 in the state and No. 57 in the nation by MaxPreps.com, got two goals from freshman Emily Tomz and solo goals from senior Katie Foug, junior Ansley Queen and sophomore Natalie Maloney as every class was represented in the scoring column.
Palo Alto now has outscored the opposition 32-2 this season. Saratoga managed only two shots on goal against Paly's goalie tandem of sophomore Dhara Yu and junior Linnea Carlstrom.
In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep opened its West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season with a 7-0 romp over visiting Priory on Tuesday. The Gators (1-0, 7-2-1) got the eventual winning goal in the seventh minute by McKenna Angotti off an assist from fellow sophomore Lauren Von Thaden. That started a seven-goal explosion in the first half.
Tierna Davidson (Olivia Athens assist) made it 2-0 in the 17th minute before she assisted on goals by Mia Shenk in the 20th and 22nd minutes. Davidson scored an unassisted goal in the 28th minute, assisted on a goal by senior Emma Markey in the 35th minute and then capped the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 38th minute to finish with three goals and three assists.
In Campbell, Menlo School opened its WBAL Foothill Division season with a 4-1 win over host Harker. The Knights (1-0, 4-2-3) jumped on top, 1-0, in the 14th minute when senior Leah Swig scored from close range off a cross from junior Zoe Enright. Alexandra Walker created the Knights' second goal by beating two defenders off the dribble and then arcing in an 18-yard shot.
In the first five minutes of the second half, Menlo scored twice. First, sophomore Emily Demmon passed to Enright, who connected from 18 yards out. Then, Demmon scored on a looping 20-yard shot from outside. Harker's Kailee Gifford scored on a breakaway in the 27th minute. Seniors Katie Keller and Lizzie Lacy led the Menlo defensive effort.
In Atherton, Menlo-Atherton overpowered Half Moon Bay, 6-0, in PAL Bay Division. junior Sarah McLeod and senior Amanda Wiseman each scored two goals with senior Annie Harrier providing three assists as the Bears moved to 2-1 in league (5-2-1 overall).
Freshman Josephine Cotto came in off the bench midway through the half and added a second unassisted goal for the Bears in the 32nd minute for a 2-0 lead as M-A out-shot the Cougars, 12-0, by intermission.
McLeod picked off a ball from the defense in the opening minute of the second half and took it straight to the net, where she finished for her second and M-A's third goal of the game.
Wiseman and Harrier later teamed up twice on two goals with junior Molly Briggs coming off the bench for a goal less than a minute after entering the game. Harrier had three assists in less than a 10-minute span in the second half. The outmatched Cougars didn't get off a shot until the 67th minute of the game as the Bears outshot the Cougars, 26-1.
In WBAL Skyline Division action, host Pinewood and Castilleja played to a 2-2 deadlock. Ella Nudell got Castilleja (0-0-1, 3-3-2) on the board in the first half off an assist from Julia Lodoen. The Gators, however, trailed by 2-1. In the second half, Anais Sarrazin tied the match on an assist from Nicole Goodman. Castilleja keeper Sarah Abramowitz was credited with 13 saves in the second half.
Pinewood moved to 1-0-1 in league (4-4-2 overall) after getting goals from junior Jordan Berke and freshman Monican Burgos. Freshman Nicole Saltzman assisted on Berke's goal.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, host Gunn got goals from Natalie Perreault and Kia Green to defeat Monta Vista, 2-1. Perreault's goal came in the first half and was assisted by Megan Kuhnle. Green provided the winner in the second half as the Titans moved to 1-1 in league (4-3-1 overall).
Michel Siaba tallied a second-half goal off an assist from Ariya Momoney to lift Palo Alto to a 1-0 soccer victory over host Monta Vista in SCVAL De Anza Division action on Tuesday. The victory moved the Vikings to 2-0 in league (6-1-2 overall) and kept them tied atop the standings.
Paly had a barrage of shots and crosses in the first 20 minutes, but most were saved by the Monta Vista keeper. The next 20 minutes were evenly played although Monta Vista had no shots on goal and there were no saves.
The second half continued with Paly having opportunities by either not getting the shot off or not converting on the opportunity. Monta Vista tried to counter attack with quick through balls. Paly finally broke through in the latter part of the game when Momoney put a ball through the gap and Siaba took on both the Monta Vista back and the keeper. He neatly finessed the ball past the diving Monta Vista goalie.
The Paly midfield, along with Siaba, was key to the victory. Wesly Woo and Derrick Schoenberger anchored the midfield while Dami Bolarinwa and Cole Tierney worked the midfield and the flanks.
In Saratoga, seniors Sean MacPherson and Dmitriy Timokhin combined for four goals and four assists to carry Gunn to a 5-3 victory over Saratoga in SCVAL El Camino Division action. MacPherson tallied twice and assisted three times -- twice on Timokhin's goals. Fellow senior Joffy Fryett added the fifth goal, on an assist by MacPherson.