It has been a season of firsts for the Palo Alto boys in the SCVAL De Anza Division soccer race. Not only did the Vikings finish first in the league, but they remained on pace to complete their undefeated season since the 1971 team went 14-0-2.
Palo Alto wrapped up its first undefeated soccer season in the De Anza Division since 2009 with a 2-0 triumph over host Santa Clara on Wednesday night.
The Vikings finished 9-0-3 in league and 15-0-3 overall while allowing seven goals in division play. The 2009 Paly team went 11-0-1 in league while allowing one goal in league action.
Paly now has outscored its opponents, 53-9, this season.
Senior Dami Bolarinwa got the winning goal at the 27-minute mark of the second half, unassisted, before junior Derek Schoenberger added an unassisted goal seven minutes later.
Both teams battled high winds and a hard rain in a match that was switched from the afternoon to evening. Conditions made scoring difficult as both squads were scoreless in the opening half.
Palo Alto most likely will receive a berth into the first-ever Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs. The seeding meeting is Saturday, with the postseason starting next week.
In the PAL Bay Division, the league champ has still yet to be decided. Menlo-Atherton, however, is now the frontrunner following a big 3-0 victory over host Aragon on Wednesday.
Both teams were tied for first place before the showdown. M-A now leads with a 9-2-2 mark in league (29 points) while Aragon (8-3-2) and Sequoia (8-3-2) are tied for second with 26. All three teams have locked up automatic berths into the CCS with one match remaining.
Menlo-Atherton (13-3-2 overall) can clinch the outright crown on Friday by beating fourth-place Carlmont (7-5-1) at 5:30 p.m.
The Bears took care of Aragon as Jean Claverie and Quinn Rowland scored in the first half, both on assists from Kyle Smith. In the second half, Ethan Oro provided the final tally, also assisted by Smith.
In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep tuned up for a regular-season soccer finale against first-place King's Academy by edging visiting Crystal Springs, 3-2.
The third-place Gators (6-4-1, 9-7-1) got a first-half goal from AJ Hamer, assisted by Daniel Sanchez. In the second half, the Gryphons tied the match before Trevor Peay took a pass from Brian Pica and made it 2-1. Crystal Springs again tied things up before Matthew MacFarquhar got the winning goal off an assist from Hamer.
Palo Alto settled for second place in the SCVAL De Anza Division race following a 4-0 victory over visiting Santa Clara in a regular-season finale.
Despite finishing 10-1-1 in league (16-1-1 overall), the Vikings still trailed Mountain View (10-0-2, 17-0-2) following the Spartans' 1-0 victory over Homestead in another regular-season finale.
Paly got an own goal in the first half before Emily Tomz scored off an assist from Heidi Moeser just four minutes after halftime. Alison Lu then added two goals with Tomz and Bella Bonomi assisting.
Paly will head into the postseason having outscored the opposition, 61-5, this season.