The Palo Alto girls saw their perfect soccer season come to an end in a surprising 2-1 upset to host Santa Clara on Thursday night. The Vikings (2-1, 8-1) saw the Bruins (2-1-1, 5-2-3) score off two corner kicks while junior Jacey Pederson tallied Paly's lone score.
Palo Alto came into the match ranked No. 14 in the state and No. 57 in the nation by MaxPreps.com. The two goals were the most given up by Paly this season. The Vikings have outscored the opposition 33-4 in nine matches.
Palo Alto will host first-place Mountain View (3-0) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., with a shot at deadlocking the division race.
In the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division):
Sacred Heart Prep continued its recent offensive explosion and improved its unbeaten streak to eight matches with a 9-1 blasting of visiting Harker. The Gators (2-0, 8-2-1) scored five times in the first half with Mia Shenk tallying twice and adding an assist. She finished with four goals and the one assist. Tierna Davidson added one goal and three assists. Sacred Heart Prep has outscored the opposition, 36-1, in its past eight matches.
Menlo School remained tied for first place with a 3-1 win over visiting King's Academy. Menlo (2-0, 5-2-3) tallied once in the first half with Leah Swig's scoring into the far corner on a 15-yard shot off a nice assist from Alexandra Walker in the 25th minute. The two seniors teamed again in the second half's 20th minute when Walker fed Swig, who connected from 10 yards out.
Walker created Menlo's third goal when she penetrated off the dribble and slotted the ball to Julia Wang, who converted from close range. King's scored in the 34th minute off a 23-yard direct kick from Jett Hayward. Menlo's Schuyler Tilney-Volk had six saves in goal, including two excellent ones. Claire McFarland and Tess Batchelder led the Menlo defense.
Elsewhere in the WBAL Foothill Division, Priory dropped a 5-0 decision to visiting Notre Dame-San Jose.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja rolled to en easy 8-0 victory over visiting Eastside Prep at the Mayfield Soccer Complex. The Gators improved to 1-0-1 in league (4-3-2 overall). Julia Lodoen scored and Victoria Pu each tallied twice in the first half, with Rachel Gropper assisting on Lodoen's goals and Natalie Sands assisting on Pu's goals. Amanda McMaster and Sands scored for a 6-0 halftime lead. In the second half, both Pu and McMaster scored, with Sarah Abramowitz assisting on McMaster's tally.
Pinewood topped visiting Mercy-Burlingame, 3-1. The Panthers (2-0-1, 5-4-2) grabbed a 2-1 halftime lead. Jordan Berke scored all three goals with assists from Emma Doettling, Olivia Biggs and Monica Burgos.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton started slow against host Aragon, but finished strong to post a 4-1 win. Less than a minute after coming in off the bench, juniors Kelsey Reed and Julia Moreton teamed up for the first goal when Reed collected a ball at midfield and directed Moreton to take an inside run on her defender. Moreton seamlessly picked up the ball on the run from the left wing and took it straight down the middle where she beat the keeper 1v1 with her well-placed shot in the 27th minute.
Freshman Josephine Cotto also came in off the bench and made a significant contribution -- firing off three shots and scoring in the 34th minute when junior Sarah McLeod pushed a ball through to Cotto in the middle that she blasted into the net for the Bears' second goal of the half. In the last minute of the first half, a miscue by the M-A defense allowed the Dons into the match.
In the second half, M-A senior Annie Harrier notched her seventh and eighth assists on the year by setting up junior Miranda Simes and then to McLeod for goals. The Dons didn't get off a shot in the second half as the Bears both clamped down on defense and picked up their offense. The Bears (3-1, 6-2-1) outshot the Dons, 12-0, in the second half and 19-3 for the game.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn fell out of first place following a 2-1 loss to host Milpitas. The Trojans grabbed a 1-0 halftime lead before Gunn's Natalie Hill scored off an assist from Kirsten Butner. The Titans fell to 2-1 in league (4-4-1 overall).
Menlo School remained tied for first place in the WBAL following a 57-55 win over visiting Priory on Thursday night. Menlo senior Liam Dunn hit a shot at the buzzer to move the Knights to 4-0 in league and 10-3 overall.
Menlo School jumped out to a 35-13 lead at the half and then cruised to a 57-46 win over visiting Mercy-San Francisco in WBAL Foothill Division action on Thursday night. The Knights (2-0, 9-3) were led by Hannah Paye and Sam Erisman, both with 16 points. Menlo next plays on Monday at City College of SF against Terra Nova in the MLK Shootout at 2 p.m.
Palo Alto remained atop the SCVAL De Anza Division standings with a 3-0 victory over visiting Santa Clara on Thursday. Paly (3-0, 7-1-2) and Santa Clara fought tough during the first half with Paly having several near scores, including a post shot and a deflection off the keeper that just slid past the post. The Vikings also survived a cross that was deflected away by Declan Cassini. Paly got the eventual winning goal in the 19th minute when junior Dami Bolarinwa scored off an assist from sophomore Michel Siaba. The last 20 minutes of the half were evenly played, although Santa Clara only had one shot on goal and there were no saves.
Paly started attacking quickly in the second half and the payoff came when Wesly Woo put a through ball to the top of the box that Cole Tierney slammed into the corner. Santa Clara tried to counter-attack with quick through balls, but Paly countered on its own when Tierney took a pass down the right flank and put a perfect cross to the waiting Ariya Momoney, who put a nice header into the upper corner for a 3-0 lead. Paly junior keepers Alex Bomoni and Eli Friedlander combined for the shutout.
Palo Alto will face a tough week with Mountain View on Tuesday followed by Homestead (Thursday) and Los Gatos on Saturday.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, senior Sean MacPherson and sophomore Aditya Ganapathi combined for three goals and two assists in a 3-1 victory over visiting Milpitas. MacPherson scored twice and Ganapathi once, with each providing an assist. Junior Alper Karakas assisted on MacPherson's first goal.
In the WBAL, Eastside Prep fell to Harker, 2-0.
Gunn traveled to CCS No. 3-ranked Fremont and dropped a 53-21 dual-match decision on Thursday. Four of Gunn's wrestlers were able to defeat their opponents. Senior team captain Ian Cramer (145) highlighted the performance when he pinned No. 5-ranked Christian Reyes of Fremont in 4:38. Cramer is 15-0 with 13 pins. Sickness and injury prevented the Titans (0-2, 3-2) from having a full lineup.