M-A boys wrap up PAL Bay Division title on the final day


The Menlo-Atherton boys wrapped up the PAL Bay Division soccer title with a 4-1 victory over host Carlmont on Friday, and most likely a berth in the first-ever Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.

The Bears (10-2-2, 14-3-2 overall) waited until the final day of the regular season to win the outright crown with 32 points.

Jean Claverie and Ethan Oro scored goals to give the Bears a 2-1 halftime lead. Oro assisted on the first goal while Kyle Smith assisted on Oro's tally. Claverie kept busy in the second half as he assisted on a goal by Axel Brenner before scoring his second goal on an assist from Quinn Rowland.

In the West Bay Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep came up with arguably its best effort of the season with a 4-2 victory over league champ King's Academy to wrap up the regular season.

Trevor Peay scored off an assist from Connor Johnston in the first half, followed by a goal from Josh Lin, assisted by Matthew MacFarquhar. Peay tallied a third goal before intermission, with MacFarquhar getting his second assist.

King's Academy got to within 3-2 before Peter Love wrapped things up with a goal assisted by Peay. Despite the impressive victory, the Gators finished 7-4-1 in league (10-7-3 overall) and in third place, just missing an automatic CCS playoff berth.

In Hillsborough, Menlo School closed out the regular season with a 2-1 victory over host Crystal Springs on Friday. The Knights finished 8-2-2 in league (12-4-2 overall) and will compete in the CCS Division II playoffs beginning next week.

Against the Gryphons, Will Chisholm was fouled in the box, then Menlo's Daniel Hausen scored on a penalty kick in the 34th minute. Senior Matt Joss scored the winner in the 74th after an assist from Dylan Williams.

"It was a good win under difficult conditions," Menlo coach Marc Kerrest said. "The boys dealt with the rain and field very well and took their chances when they came. It was a win that will give the boys confidence heading into CCS next week."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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