The Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys will meet on the soccer field for the second time on Friday, with plenty at stake in the rivalry.
The Gators will bring a 6-0 record in the West Bay Athletic League into the 3:30 p.m. match in addition to a sparking 10-1-2 overall record. SHP needs a victory to remain alone in first place as the second half of the league season begins.
The Gators wrapped up the first half with a 5-0 victory over host Harker on Wednesday. The eventual winning goal came in the first half on an unassisted goal by Derek Chou. Philip Petrakian made it 2-0 by halftime off an assist from Nikhil Goel.
SHP padded its lead in the second half when Fernando Monteon scored off an assist from Josh Lin. Matthew MacFarquhar (assist Danny Sanchez) made it 4-0 before Monteon got his second goal on an assist from Chou as the Gators ran their unbeaten streak to eight matches.
In Atherton, Menlo School took over sole possession of second place with a 4-3 victory over visiting King's Academy. Menlo's fifth straight win moved the Knights to 5-1 in league and 7-4-1 overall heading into Friday's showdown with SHP.
Menlo started the game on the front foot and quickly took the lead. After an initial goal was ruled out for offside, Menlo found the breakthrough when junior forward Will Chisholm fed freshman winger Dylan Williams in the box and Williams convincingly beat the King's Academy keeper. Williams doubled his tally 10 minutes later, this time off a good pass from junior defender Matt Joss.
Williams completed his hat trick in the first minute of the second half off another pass from Chisholm. Chisholm put Menlo 4-0 ahead after a great solo effort, beating two King's defenders before putting the ball past the goalie.
Menlo had to hold on late as King's battled back, scoring off a couple of set pieces and a penalty kick. Ultimately, Menlo held on for an important victory, moving them ahead of King's Academy in the league standings.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton stayed in the hunt for a possible title with a 4-2 win over host Woodside on Wednesday. Mario Rodriguez scored twice with Juan Gastelum Urquidez tallying on a penalty kick and Jesus Ortega finding the net late as the Bears improved to 5-2 in league (8-3 overall). Woodside fell to 1-3-3 and 3-8-3.
Menlo-Atherton struggled both offensively and defensively while dropping a 41-34 decision to host San Mateo in PAL South Division action Wednesday. Both teams made 13 field goals, but the Bearcats made 11 free throws to M-A's three as the Bears fell to 4-3 in league (10-9 overall).