Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 2, Los Altos 0

Date of competition: Friday, February 11, 2011

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Palo Alto kept its hopes alive for an automatic CCS berth by defeating host Los Altos on Friday, 2-0, in boys’ SCVAL De Anza Division soccer action. The Vikings improved to 4-0-7 in league (19 points) and 8-2-8 overall while the Eagles fell to 5-4-2 (17 points). Paly moved past Los Altos and into third place, but the Vikings must play first-place Mountain View next week while Los Altos plays winless Santa Clara. Only the top three teams in the division get automatic berths into the CCS playoffs.

Paly senior Zac Hummel provided the eventual winning score in the second half after taking a deflected pass from senior Mark Raftrey and finishing with 10 minutes gone. About 10 minutes later, senior Toby Nelson-Gol took a cross from sophomore Matt Waymouth and headed it into the upper corner of the cage.

The showdown was very competitive with both teams needing victories to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Eagles had the best opportunities early on but the Paly defense behind keeper Austin Shiau, center backs Austin Smith and Gerrit van Zyll, and outside backs Grant Shorin and Peter Laminette tightened up in the second half and kept the Los Altos attempts to a minimum. Center midfielders John Richardson and Josh Totte, along Michael Sullivan, also enabled Paly to control most of the second half after the first goal was scored.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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