Varsity Girls Soccer

Monta Vista 3, Palo Alto 2

Date of competition: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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It was a wild finish with five goals being scored in the final five minutes, but host Palo Alto still came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision against Monta Vista in a SCVAL De Anza Division match on Wednesday. Paly fell to 1-4-2 in league (3-6-4 overall) while the Matadors moved to 4-2-12 (8-4-3). The teams played a a 1-1 deadlock in their first meeting.

After Jordan Smith found Sunny Lyu, who slid into the ball and pushed it in for a goal that tied the match at 2 -- the fourth goal scored in four minutes -- Monta Vista took over in stoppage time and managed a corner kick in the 81st minute. During a scramble in front of the cage, the ball accidently bounced off a couple of Paly players for the winning goal.

Paly had one final chance when Mayssen Labidi took a free kick in the 82nd minute that was just wide of the cage. After a scoreless first half, Labidi had two near misses followed by a one-on-one by Amanda Shorin that was blocked at close range by the Monta Vista keeper. The Matadors finally broke through with a goal in the 76th minute.

SCVAL De Anza Division
Monta Vista 0 3 -- 3
Palo Alto 0 2 -- 2
MVista -- Sachs (unassisted), Sachs (Ley), Sachs (Rahn)
Paly -- Labidi (unassisted), Lyu (Smith)
Standings: Los Gatos 7-0 (13-0-1), Mountain View 6-1 (11-2-1), Monta Vista 4-2-1 (8-4-3), Palo Alto 1-4-2 (3-6-4), Gunn 1-4-1 (5-8-1), Saratoga 1-5 (1-6-1), Los Altos 0-4-2 (1-5-3)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

Palo Alto's Katie Foug (right) battles to control possession during a wild 3-2 loss to Monta Vista on Wednesday. Photo by Al Chang.

Palo Alto's Nina Kelty (17) heads up field during the Vikings' 3-2 loss to visiting Monta Vista on Wednesday. Photo by Al Chang.

Palo Alto's Terra Jones (right) takes a shot against visiting Monta Vista on Wednesday as the Vikings gave up three goals in the final five minutes in a 3-2 loss. Photo by Al Chang.s

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