Palo Alto boys remain perfect in De Anza Division soccer


Palo Alto held on to first place and kept its unbeaten streak intact with a 1-0 victory over host Fremont on Wednesday in SCVAL De Anza Division boys soccer action.

The Vikings (5-0, 10-0-1) had a number of chances to score in the first half, but wound up in a scoreless battle despite having 11 shots on goal. Paly finally broke the deadlock when senior Ariya Momeny crossed the ball in front of the Fremont cage and junior Michel-Ange Siaba finished it off in the 25th minute.

Elsewhere in SCVAL De Anza Division action, keeper Denis Vaschencko came up with 11 saves to help the Gunn boys battle visiting Los Gatos to a 0-0 stalemate.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Menlo School rolled past host Priory, 8-1, to extend its winning streak to four matches.

The Knights (3-1-1, 7-3-1 overall) were paced by three goals and two assists from senior striker Will Chisholm. Senior captain Michael Quezada notched his first goal of the season to open the scoring for the Knights on an assist from sophomore winger Dylan Williams, who contributed a goal and three assists. Junior midfielders Daniel Hausen, Jamie Holmstrom and Zack Hurwitz rounded out the scoring for the Knights. Freshman Ben Lasky contributed a couple of assists.

"The boys have been working extremely hard all season and it is showing in their performances on the field," said Menlo head coach Marc Kerrest. "We have a deep team this year and everyone has been contributing."

In the PAL Bay Division, Ethan Oro scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, as Menlo-Atherton moved back into first place with a 3-2 victory over winless Burlingame on Wednesday in Atherton.

Nicolas Jandeleit (assist Micah Sholowitz) and Oro (assist Kyle Smith) gave the Bears (4-1-1, 6-3-1) a 2-1 halftime lead before Oro got the winning goal in the second half on an assist from Jean Claverie. M-A now has 14 points, just a point ahead of second-place Carlmont (4-1), which handed previously unbeaten South San Francisco (3-1-1) its first loss.


Palo Alto remained in a tie for first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division race following a 3-0 victory over visiting Saratoga on Wednesday.

Sophomore Emily Tomz scored all three goals for the Vikings (4-0-1, 9-0-1) with two assists from Ansley Queen and one from Alison Lu. The Vikings took a 1-0 halftime lead and now have outscored the opposition 37-2 while keeping pace with co-leader Mountain View (3-0-1, 10-0-1), a 1-0 winner over Santa Clara on Wednesday.

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Lucy Augustine scored three goals to pace Gunn to a 6-1 victory over host Cupertino. The Titans (3-2, 5-5) built a 4-0 lead, with Augustine scoring three times, before the Pioneer got on the board. Natalie Hill, Hailey Leclerc and Reachel New all added solo goals for Gunn. Hill and Malia Jefferson provided assists.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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