The Palo Alto boys and girls are sitting alone or sharing the lead in their respective SCVAL De Anza Division soccer races following a pair of shutouts on Friday.
The girls, ranked No. 22 in the state by MaxPreps, rolled to a 6-0 victory over host Homestead. The Vikings improved to 2-0 in league (7-0 overall) and have outscored the opposition by 26-2 this season.
Senior Nika Woodfill had three goals for Paly, senior Jacey Pederson added one and juniors Talia Malchin and Tess Preising each tallied once. sophomore Isabella Bonomi provided two assists.
Paly shares the division lead with Mountain View, which hosts the Vikings on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
"Very excited for the game," said Pederson. "It should be a competitive match; looking forward to it!"
The Paly boys, meanwhile, posted a 2-0 victory over visiting Homestead on Friday to remain unbeaten (2-0, 7-0-1) and in first place in the division.
After a scoreless first half, Paly scored the winning goal 13 minutes into the second half. Junior Jack Stoksik (junior) took a pass from Michel-Ange Siaba and hit a 20-yard, low line drive just past the Homestead keeper.
Homestead then put pressure on Paly and had several opportunities to tie the score, but Paly senior keeper Eli Friedlander had four good saves in a span of 10 minutes.
With eight minutes left and Homestead attacking, Paly counter-attacked and pushed a through ball to Stoksik, who beat the Homestead defense and placed another low shot past the diving Homestead keeper to seal the victory.
"This was a tough, scrappy game played by both teams, with both teams having their rhythm disrupted by high defensive pressure," said Paly coach Don Briggs. "It was a gut-check for Paly."
Paly's highlights included the play of its two center backs, senior Reuben Kramer and junior Neil Verwillow, along with Friedlander, to keep the Mustangs scoreless. Stoksik, meanwhile, scored his second match-winning goal of the week.
In Hillsdale, Menlo-Atherton opened its PAL Bay Division season with a 3-2 victory over Hillsdale on Friday afternoon. The Bears (2-0, 6-1) got both goals from Ethan Oro, with Patrick Quinn assisting on the first and Kyle Smith on the second.
In Atherton, host Menlo School continued its winless streak against rival Sacred Heart Prep as the rivals battled to a 0-0 stalemate in West Bay Athletic League action. The Gators moved to 0-1-1 in league (3-4-3 overall) while the host Knights moved to 0-1-1 and 3-3-1.
SHP now is 11-0-4 in the series since the teams began playing each other in 2009.
Menlo created several good opportunities, including a couple late in the second half on corner kicks, but just fell short of converting. The rivals will get another chance at each other on February 3 when the Knights visit the Gators.
In other boys' action, Fremont defeated visiting Gunn, 2-0. The King's Academy at Pinewood and Crystal Springs at Priory matches were not reported.
In girls' soccer action Friday, Gunn fell to visiting Fremont, 2-1 in SCVAL De Anza Division play.
The game was tied at half, but the Titans (1-1, 3-4) fell behind early in the second half before rallying on a direct free kick by senior co-captain Robin Waymouth from about 25 yards out. The Titans, however, weren't able to contain the Firebirds and gave up another goal late in the second half.