Palo Alto scores early, hangs on to beat Menlo-Atherton


Junior Neil Verwillow scored early in the first half and then had to leave the game late in the first half with an apparent upper body injury. He was in long enough to help the Palo Alto boys soccer team beat visiting Menlo-Atherton, 1-0, in a nonleague contest Tuesday between two of the top teams in the area.

Verwillow scored from about 15 yards out, slamming the ball into the far corner of the net after receiving a pass from sophomore Matt Knowles. The Bears goalkeeper didn't appear to see the attempt until it was too late.

Both teams created chances the rest of the way but the respective defenses were hard to penetrate.

The Vikings (4-0) host Burlingame at 3:30 p.m. Thursday as part of the Homestead Cup while Menlo-Atherton (1-1-1) takes on Menlo School (1-0) at 4 p.m. Thursday on Bears territory.

Senior Michel Ange-Siaba, who scored the only goal in a victory over Lincoln-San Jose over the weekend, switched into goalkeeper mode for Tuesday's game and helped keep M-A out of the net along with Verwillow, Yahli Malchin, Jack Stoksik, Derek Schoenberger, and Thomas Crouch.

Matthew Levenson was one of M-A's top players, along with Jean Clevarly, Ulises Cisneros and Carlos Mangandi.

Verwillow was caught in a scrum over a loose ball inside the penalty area and lay motionless on the field for several anxious minutes being treated by team trainers and watched over by concerned teammates.

He was able to sit up, move his neck around and walk off the field under his own power.

Girls' soccer

The trio of Lindsay Johnson, Cam Gordon and Mia Shenk accounted for all four goals and all four assists as Sacred Heart Prep beat visiting Santa Teresa, 4-2, Tuesday as part of the Firebird Classic.

Sacred Heart Prep (2-1) meet Carlmont (1-3) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Fremont High-Sunnyvale as part of the Firebird Classic.

Johnson scored two goals while Gordon and Shenk each had a goal and a pair of assists for the Gators, who have won two in a row after losing their opener.

Also in the Firebird Classic, Castilleja dropped a 5-1 decision to Monta Vista. Olivia Watson scored the goal for the Gators, with an assist from Ally Dickson.

Noor Hanafi was a presence all over the field, creating scoring chances for the forwards and also helping to keep the Matadors at bay as goalkeeper Molly Glickman continues to develop her skills.

Castilleja (2-2) plays at Crystal Springs Uplands-Hillsborough in a nonleague contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

In a nonleague match, host Gunn dropped a 4-1 decision to Sequoia. Ingur Smuts scored the Titans lone goal with an assist from Lily Jose.

Gunn (0-3-1) hosts Aragon at 6 p.m. Thursday.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Neil's dad
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Neil is a senior.

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