Varsity Boys Soccer
Evergreen Valley 2, Palo Alto 2
Date of competition: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Palo Alto senior Chris Meredith scored a pair of goals during a 2-2 deadlock with host and No. 8 seed Evergreen Valley, before the Vikings prevailed in penalty kicks, 4-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division boys' soccer playoffs on Wednesday in San Jose. The No. 9-seeded Vikings (13-5-3) next will play No. 1 Alisal (17-0-3) on Saturday.
Paly came from behind to take the lead at 2-1 and had a one on one with the Evergreen keeper to nearly finish off the host team, but missed a shot just wide of the left post. Unfortunately for the Vikings, just two minutes later it was Evergreen's Everado Cross taking a deflection in the middle of the box and putting it past the Paly keeper to tie the game at 2.
Neither team, despite a flurry of opportunities, scored in the final five minutes of regulation time. Paly and Evergreen went to overtime (two 10-minute periods with no golden goal). Both teams had several chances to score, including a Paly forward being taken down at the top of the box and an Evergreen player having a point-blank shot from 10 yards out that was blocked by Paly keeper Tony Maharaj. Overtime ended with the match still deadlocked.
Maharaj blocked Evergreen's first attempt in PKs while Paly's Kirby Gee was successful. Alex Chin and Fernando Rodriguez both scored while Maharaj blocked one more shot. Paly's fourth attempt and the win went sailing through the football goal posts while Evergreen continued to score. It finally came to freshmen Dami Bolarinwa, who finessed a shot away from Evergreen's diving keeper for the deciding point.
posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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