Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 1, Mountain View 0

Date of competition: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Palo Alto picked up a first-half goal from junior Michel Siaba and put up a solid defensive effort throughout to down host Mountain View, 1-0, in SCVAL De Anza Division soccer action on Tuesday. The victory, Paly's first over the Spartans since 2010, moved the first-place Vikings to 4-0 (8-1-2 overall) and tied with Homestead. It was a tough, well-played contest against last year's division champ, with the Vikings coming out and pushed hard during the first half. After two near-miss goals by Paly junior Ariya Momoney, the Vikings finally converted on a set piece just outside the right corner of the box after Siaba was fouled. Wesly Woo made a nice cross into the goal mouth and Siaba out finessed the Spartans' defender and headed the ball into the upper left corner.

Mountain View started attacking quickly in the second half and put Paly on the defensive. Paly's offensive attack came mainly from counterattacks. Paly still created a few opportunities as Mt. View pushed upfield attempting to equalize the score. This included a shot by Woo that deflected off the right post that would have certainly taken the pressure off Paly’s defense in the final 10 minutes.

Paly keepers Alex Bomoni, followed by Eli Friedlander, combined for the shutout. Left back Steve Blatman, along with center backs Preston Kuppe and Rueben Kramer had outstanding defensive games to help drop the Spartans to 1-2-1 in league and 5-4-2 overall. Next up for Paly will be a home match Thursday against Homestead. (4-0, 8-1) at 3:30 p.m.

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Palo Alto junior Dami Bolarinwa (7) had his head in the game while helping the Vikings beat host Mountain View. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.

Palo Alto's Roberto Sotelo (3) looks for a teammate to pass to during first-half action Tuesday against Mountain View. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.
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