Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 0, Los Gatos 0

Date of competition: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Palo Alto remained in fourth place and in danger of missing the Central Coast Section playoffs following a 0-0 deadlock with Los Gatos (1-4-5) on Wednesday in SCVAL De Anza Division boys' soccer action. The Vikings (3-0-7, 7-2-8) missed an opportunity to move into third place, where they need to finish in order to gain an automatic berth into the CCS playoffs.

Mountain View continues to lead with 26 points with Saratoga second (20 points) and Los Altos third with 17. Paly has 16 with tough matches remaining at Los Altos (Friday) and at home against Mountain View (Wednesday). Palo Alto has to beat Los Altos and get no worse than a draw with Mountain View to tie LA for third place. If Saratoga loses its last match, there could be a three-way tie for second between Los Altos, Paly and the Falcons -- all with 20 points.

Against Los Gatos, Paly continued its offensive woes. In the past two years, the teams have played 320 minutes (four games) and have scored only once goal apiece. Last season, neither team scored in the two matches played. While their offense faltered, the Vikings' defense of junior Gerritt van Zyll, senior Austin Smith plus sophomores Peter Laminette and Grant Shorin kept Los Gatos scoring threats to a minimum. Paly keeper Austin Shiau needed only one save in the match.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

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