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It's a blemish, but Palo Alto girls still remain unbeaten

 

The Palo Alto girls suffered the first blemish on their soccer record for the season on Friday, but the Vikings still didn't come away with a loss as they battled host Mountain View to a scoreless tie in a battle of SCVAL De Anza Division first-place teams.

The Vikings moved to 3-0-1 in league and 8-0-1 overall while outscoring the competition, 34-2. The match was a rematch of last year's CCS Division I title match won by the Spartans.

Mountain View (2-0-1, 9-0-1) had two good scoring chances in the first half with near point-blank shots, one that was saved by Paly keeper Linnea Carlstrom while the other hit the post.

"We played well in the second half and probably outshot them by a 10-5 margin," said Paly coach Kurt Devlin. "Some very good one-touch sequences. Mountain View played better in the first 25 minutes and then the game evened out before halftime. Very intense game."

Devlin singled out Jacey Pederson, Alison Lu, Emily Tomz, Natalie Maloney and Ansley Queen for their solid play.

"Rematch at Paly should be another good one," Devlin said of the second meeting between the teams on Feb. 5.

In SCVAL El Camino Division action, Gunn got an unassisted goal from Annie Vesey in the first half and Inger Smuts followed with an assist from Lucy Augustine as the Titans topped visiting Wilcox, 2-0. Gunn moved to 2-2 in league (4-5 overall).

Boys

Palo Alto remained atop the SCVAL De Anza Division standings following a 5-0 romp over visiting Mountain View on Friday. The Vikings improved to 4-0 in league (9-0-1 overall) while the Spartans fell to 1-1-1 and 5-2-4.

Cole Tierney provided the eventual winning goal in the 18th minute off an assist from fellow senior Allesandro Reale. Senior Cameron Huard made it 2-0 six minutes later with junior Jack Stoksik assisting. The Vikings closed the half with another score as senior Max Hallberg took a pass from Ariya Momeny and scored at the 32-minute mark.

In the second half, seniors Dami Bolarinwa and Reuben Kramer teamed up with Bolarinwa scoring, and Momeny finished the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 40-minute mark.

The Gunn at Santa Clara match was not reported.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep wrapped things up early with two first-half goals on the way to a 3-1 victory over host Priory in Portola Valley.

Connor Johnston gave the Gators (2-1-1, 5-4-3) the lead with fellow junior Brock Salzman assisting. Junior Juan Rascon made it 2-0 with Daniel Sanchez assisting. SHP gave up a goal on a penalty kick, but got it back in the second half when Rascon got his second goal, assisted by junior Peter Love.

In Atherton, Menlo School wrapped up a dominating week with a 3-0 victory over Eastside College Prep. The Knights moved to 2-1-1 in the WBAL and 6-3-1 overall wile

Menlo got started with a goal by Matt Joss on an assist from Dylan Williams in the 20th minute. The Knights took a 1-0 halftime lead. Eight minutes into the second, Williams, a sophomore, found Daniel Hausen who netted the ball for a 2-0 lead. Senior striker Will Chisholm added a third goal - his third of the week unassisted in the 54th minute.

Nolan Peterson and James Adler combined for the shutout, the Knights' second of the week. Menlo outscored its opponents 11-1 in its three wins this week.

"Everyone on the roster contributed in every game," Menlo coach Marc Kerrest said.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton fell into a two-way tie for second place following a 5-3 loss to host South San Francisco that ended the Bears' six-match win streak.

The Bears (3-1, 7-2) fell out of the top spot by falling behind at the half, 3-2. M-A got goals from Alex Galo (assist Quinn Rowland), Nicolas Jandeleit (assist Kyle Smith) and Smith (assist Carlos Magandi).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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