Prep report: Lots of local success in soccer, basketball

Menlo-Atherton goalie Charlie McKay knocked this ball away amidst several Vikings. Photo by Jim Shorin.

Palo Alto stayed unbeaten on the young boys soccer season, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton, 3-0, in a nonleague contest Tuesday.

James Jeon and Isaiah Schoenberger were among the goal scorers for the Vikings (2-0-1), who host San Benito at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gunn edged visiting Homestead, 1-0, in another nonleague contest. The Titans (1-1) are scheduled to meet San Mateo at 9:45 a.m. Saturday as part of the Homestead tournament.

Palo Alto has outscored its opponents by a 15-1 margin through three games thus far. The Vikings reached the semifinals of last year's Central Coast Section Division I tournament, losing to eventual CCS champion Bellarmine, the division's ninth seed.

Marcus Ama, Eric Aboytes and Kenzo Morabin also had big games for Palo Alto.

Seamus Robinson and goalie Charlie McKay played well for the Bears (1-1), who host Watsonville at 6 p.m. Thursday in a nonleague match. M-A was eliminated from last year's CCS tournament by Palo Alto in the quarterfinals.

Girls soccer

Menlo School fell behind for the first time all season but the deficit didn't last for long as senior Sophie Jones scored twice to lead the Knights past host Aragon, 2-1, in a nonleague contest on Tuesday.

Caitlin Carcione and Megan Tinsley each scored to help host Sacred Heart Prep play Woodside to a 2-2 draw. Juliana Rosen and Fiona Perkocha provided the assists for SH Prep.

Priory beat Los Altos, 2-0, and host Menlo-Atherton played Palo Alto to a 2-2 draw in other contests involving the Firebird Classic.

The Dons scored in the seventh minute against Menlo. The Knights (4-0) evened the match after a through ball from Carolina Espinosa and cross from Siena Gavin set up Jones midway through the first half.

In the 55th minute, Espinosa used a creative back heel to create the initial space for Jones to drive at the Dons defense and launch the winner.

Sparkling performances in midfield from senior Alexa Thomases, in addition to precise performances from seniors Catie Cassani, Emily Tse, junior Avery Patel and sophomore Julia Deffner fueled Menlo.

Against the Vikings, Judy Demirkol and Yara Gomez Zavala scored for M-A and Kate Zanolli recorded an assist.

Boys basketball

Tyler Peery scored 12 points and had 16 rebounds but host Mid-Peninsula fell to Apostles Lutheran, 53-47, in a nonleague contest Tuesday night.

Sebastian Strachan added 12 points and Dawson Kinnamon had 10 rebounds for the Dragons (0-3), who play at Pinewood on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Menlo School and Palo Alto each opened the Burlingame Lions tournament with a victory on Tuesday. The Knights topped Aragon, 67-46, and Palo Alto beat Hillsdale, 66-61.

Junior Cole Kastner finished with a game-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting for the Knights. He also posted a team-high seven rebounds, along with three assists and three steals.

Freshman Garrett Keyhani made all three of his shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers in his prep debut. Nate Solomon also pitched in with nine points while senior Sam Fortenbaugh added three steals and two assists. Senior Matt Flower and junior Miles Hester added seven points each.

Gunn topped visiting Design Tech, 62-15, in a nonleague game Tuesday. The Titans (3-1) open at the Los Gatos tournament on Wednesday night.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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