Gunn boys win El Camino soccer title; Paly loses top spot


The Gunn boys wrapped up the SCVAL El Camino Division soccer title on the road with a 3-0 victory over second-place Fremont on Thursday night.

Senior Sean MacPherson tallied all three goals, with fellow seniors Alex Ruber and Dmitriy Timokhin providing assists.

Gunn improved to 10-0-1 in league (31 points) and 13-4-2 overall while the Firebirds fell to 8-1-2 in league (26 points) with one match remaining for each team

Gunn clinches the division's berth for the Central Coast Section playoffs.

In Cupertino, Palo Alto had a shot at winning the SCVAL De Anza Division soccer title, but came up empty-handed as host Homestead took over sole possession of first place with a 3-0 victory.

The Vikings fell to 8-2-1 (25 points) while the Mustangs improved to 9-2 (27 points) with just one match remaining for both teams. Paly needs to beat visiting Los Gatos on Tuesday while Homestead loses to sixth-place Los Altos in order to claim the division championship.

"We did not have our finest effort and Homestead is very good," said Paly coach Don Briggs. "We have to be at our best. They scored two goals in the second half and we played down a man, after a red card, for the last 20 minutes.

"That Monta Vista loss come backs to haunt us! We have not had a great second half (win Los Altos, loss Monta Vista, tie Santa Clara, win Mountain View, and loss to Homestead for a 2-2-1 record). We need to change our approach when we get down a goal. Every loss this year has been when we give up the first goal."

Homestead played very well and put Paly on the defensive early on as the Mustangs took advantage of their larger field and found holes in the Paly defense.

Homestead had a couple of chances early, including a long shot with the wind that hit the right post and deflected out. Homestead also had a penalty kick that hit the side post. The Mustangs finally scored on a long shot that curved into the right corner with just minutes remaining in the half.

Paly had the wind in the second half and began strong with a couple of chances, but failed to score. Homestead then countered and scored when a ball was not cleared out of the box. The final score came early on in the second half when a loose bouncing ball was bicycle-kicked into the upper corner.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep took another step toward winning its seventh straight WBAL title with a 3-0 victory over visiting Crystal Springs.

The Gators improved to 8-0-2 in league and 12-1-4 overall and hold a five-point lead over second-place King's Academy (7-3) with two matches remaining.

SHP got the eventual winning goal in the first half with Connor Johnston found the net. John Desler made it 2-0 by halftime off an assist from Philip Petrakian, who provided the final goal (unassisted) in the second half.

The Gators can win the title outright by beating host King's Academy on Wednesday.


Sacred Heart Prep can clinch no worse than a tie for the WBAL title on Friday night by beating host Menlo School. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

The Gators (11-0, 19-2) grabbed a two-game lead over second-place Pinewood, which suffered a 60-50 loss to host King's Academy on Thursday night.

The Panthers (9-2, 15-6) played without senior scoring leader Ryan Brice, who suffered a leg injury during a three-point win over Harker earlier in the week. Pinewood fell behind in the first quarter, 18-13 and trailed at the half, 30-21. Matthew Peery was the only Pinewood player in double figures with 10 points.

Pinewood's loss puts SHP in position to win the league title outright next Wednesday when the Gators visit the Panthers at 7 p.m. SHP, of course, first needs to beat Menlo on Friday.

Elsewhere in the WBAL, host Priory posted a 52-31 victory over winless Crystal Springs. Andy Isokpehi led the Panthers (5-7, 13-8) with 16 points with Scott Harris adding 12.

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Posted by Cristian Oancea
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on Feb 14, 2015 at 1:50 am

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