Natalie Smith and Mia Steadman each scored twice in helping the Gunn girls soccer team rally to a 6-1 home victory over Santa Clara on Monday.
Ana Schremp and Andrea Lu also scored for the Titans (9-5-3, 4-3-2), who remain in third place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division with three matches.
Mountain View has already clinched the league title, though there are three teams with a chance to finish second: Los Altos, Gunn and Palo Alto. Gunn is at home against Los Gatos and Los Altos hosts Homestead while Paly travels to Santa Clara on Wednesday.
Gunn allowed an own goal off a Santa Clara cross to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The Titans controlled play most of the first half and had a few chances to tie the game and finally broke through when Elina Saab-Sundén sent a corner kick to Smith, who headed the ball into the corner to even things just before halftime.
In the second half, Gunn started making all the connections it was just missing earlier in the match.
Steadman needed all of 20 seconds to put Gunn ahead to stay, scoring off a defensive miscue.
Smith scored a second time from outside the box, collecting a shot that deflected off the Santa Clara keeper. Ana Schremp scored off a through pass from freshman Andrea Lu, and then returned the favor for Lu, who scored a bending shot into the side netting.
Steadman made it 6-1 as Saab-Sundén picked her out inside the five with a cross from distance.
Gunn’s defense held the Bruins at bay, with notable play from Ashley Sarkosh, Andrea Saal-Dalma, Zoe Wiederhold, and Freja Hansen working well with veterans Helena Detering, Hallet Falcon and Catherine Hsieh.
Joshua Ramos scored twice and Palo Alto beat Homestead 4-0 on the road Monday.
Jaron Majors scored and added an assist for the Vikings (8-3-4, 4-2-3), who nudged past idle Los Altos into third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division.
Palo Alto, which has recorded points in its past six games, including five wins, still maintains a slim chance to finish first, with three matches remaining. A good start would be a win over first place Santa Clara at home Wednesday night. Gunn (6-8-2, 2-5-2) travels to Los Gatos and Los Altos (5-6-4, 4-3-2) is at Homestead.
Mountain View (10-4-3, 5-2-3), which beat Gunn 3-0 Monday, has a bye Wednesday.
Palo Alto scored early against Homestead and kept the pressure on throughout the contest, scoring twice in each half.
Kip Saxon also scored for Paly while Noah Adesnik recorded a pair of assists. Adam Finnis, Ethan Sayag and Nadav Sternheim were each credited with an assist.
Junior goalkeeper Isaac Kirby recorded four saves to earn his fourth shutout on the season.
The Spartans scored first on a corner kick from Bryan Kim. The second goal came after a nice pass from the midfield.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Kaella Peters scored 16 points, making four 3-pointers, and Vienn Sheng added 10 in Palo Alto’s 52-40 victory at Lynbrook on Monday.
Palo Alto (18-1, 8-0) allowed 22 points in the first quarter and then held Lynbrook (9-13, 3-7) to 18 points the rest of the way.
Iztel Torres had 10 points for the Vikings, who travel to Homestead for a game Wednesday. Homestead has won its last six home games while Paly brings a 16-game winning streak into play.
Paly has a two-game lead over co-second place Los Gatos (18-3, 7-2) and Homestead 15-5, 7-2). Los Altos (14-6, 4-5) currently occupies fourth.
In the Peninsula Athletic League South Division, Tess Statkiewicz scored 10 points in Menlo-Atherton’s 57-40 loss to Capuchino.