Varsity Girls Soccer

Los Altos 2, Palo Alto 0

Date of competition: Friday, January 18, 2008

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Giving up two goals in the first 21 minutes and having its star player marked tightly throughout the match, the Palo Alto girls' soccer team suffered another blow to its SCVAL De Anza Division title hopes with a 2-0 loss to visiting Los Altos on Friday at the Mayfield Soccer Complex. The Vikings (3-3-1, 11-3-1), who dropped a 1-0 decision to the Eagles (5-2, 12-3) in their first meeting on a late goal, were outshot in the first half, 7-3, and pretty much dominated by talented Los Altos. The Eagles concentrated on stopping Paly senior Teresa Noyola, the NSCAA and Parade Magazine national female player of the year, and succeeded. Noyola was moved from midfielder to forward in the second half to help generate more offense, and the move paid off with more shots on goal (seven). Noyola got a pass from Sammi Bengston in the early moments of the second half and fired a shot just left of the post, which might have been the Vikings' best scoring opportunity of the match. The loss dropped Paly into a crazy deadlock in the De Anza Division standings. With Los Gatos (3-3-1) dropping a 1-0 decision to Mountain View (3-4-1) on Friday, the Vikings now find themselves in a four-way tie for third place with Los Gatos, Mountain View and Homestead (3-3-1), a 3-0 winner over Gunn on Friday.

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Palo Alto junior Jessie Duller (left) tried to attack on the right side, but was turned away by the Los Altos defense during the Eagles' 2-0 win on Friday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Palo Alto sophomore Erika Hoglund (right) got tangled up with a Los Altos defender in the first half and but wound up on the ground during the physical contest. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Palo Alto senior Leah Gaeta (right) came off the bench in the first half to help spark the Paly offense, but discovered a new meaning to the phrase crunch time. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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