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Sacred Heart Prep hoping for an Open invitation to CCS soccer

Palo Alto High seniors. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up its West Bay Athletic League boys soccer season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Harker, the team that put the only league blemish on the Gators' record.

It becomes a waiting game for the Gators (16-0-2, 11-0-1), who clinched their second straight league title and again hope to show what they can do in the Central Coast Section Open Division. The CCS seeding meeting is a week from Thursday.

"There's not a lot tension, we'll just prepare for whoever," SHP coach Guillermo Talancon Jr. said. "Last year we were a little more anxious because the desire and the vision to play Open was huge. After not making it last year, we'll be focusing on what we can control."

The Menlo-Atherton boys, who beat visiting Half Moon Bay 2-0 Wednesday night to clinch at least a tie for the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title, already know if they win the title, they'll be playing in the Open Division.

The Bears (9-5-4, 9-3-1) are three points up on Carlmont with one match remaining. Carlmont owns the tie-breaker should the teams end up in a tie. M-A can make it easy on itself by beating (or tying) host Burlingame on Friday (game time is 4:30 p.m.) and not having to worry about Carlmont.

"No matter who we play, we're focused on playing to the best of our ability," M-A coach Leo Krupnik said. "That's been our focus all season."

Menlo beat visiting Eastside Prep 13-0 and moved into second place in the WBAL following Harker's loss.

The Knights (13-2-3, 8-2) travels to Harker on Friday to determine the final CCS automatic qualifier spot. Both schools will likely be asked to participate though.

In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, Palo Alto fell to visiting Mountain View 4-0 and in a non-league game, Woodside lost to host El Camino, 4-2.

Kevin Box scored twice, each time assisted by Ethan Vegthe, and Liam Johnson scored with an assist from Matt Kirkham for SHP against the Eagles.

"We take pride in working hard and winning," Box said. "We've had a tough time with sickness and injuries but we're managing ourselves this week, getting rest and making sure we're all able to play."

(The final goal).

Box, who has experienced a CCS Open Division title with the water polo team, hopes he'll get a chance for a repeat in soccer.

"It's something I've wanted," he said. "I want to win a CCS title for the boys and for the program."

M-A scored twice in the first half against Half Moon Bay, getting goals from Jose Bailon and Will Demirkol, and then playing a possession game in the second half, getting a couple of nice scoring opportunities in the process.

Dylan Bernard assisted on both of Woodside's goals, one in each half. Emilio Amezcua and David Ruiz scored for the Wildcats (8-9-2).

Against Eastside, junior Christian Corcoran had a first-half hat trick and the Menlo seniors all scored: Jackson Aldrich, Adam Kasser, Aaron Morgan, Alex Morgan, Xander Stabile. Juniors Tor Micaelian, Jason Bloom and George Rogers, Steph Nivaggioli added goals.

Kasser also manned the goal in the first half before joining the field in the second and Corcoran took his place in goal for the second half.

At the JV level, Menlo beat Eastside 1-0 to win the league title, finishing 9-0-1.

Girls soccer

Palo Alto lost at Mountain View 3-0 in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest. The Vikings (5-5-7, 3-4-3) host Los Altos at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Woodside (13-5-1, 8-2-1) enters Thursday's 4:30 p.m. home contest with Menlo-Atherton (7-7-4, 5-4-2) tied for first with Carlmont (13-3-3, 8-2-1), which plays at Sequoia (11-3-6, 7-2-2) on Thursday night.

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