Varsity Girls Soccer

Palo Alto 5, Santa Teresa 0

Date of competition: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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The Palo Alto girls advanced to their first Central Coast Section championship match in soccer for the first time since 2009 with a 5-0 romp over No. 6 seed Santa Teresa (14-7) in the Division I semifinals on Wednesday on the Vikings' home field. Second-seeded Paly (17-2-1) put the match away with three goals in the opening half. Junior Jacey Pederson lofted in a shot from 30 yards out in the 25th minute, junior Nika Woodfill made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute and and sophomore Natalie Maloney connected in stoppage time on a cross from Woodfill.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second half with defender Alison Lu knocking home a shot from in front of the Saints' goal in the 38th minute. In the 24th minute, a Santa Teresa player was called for a hand ball inside the penalty box and Pederson tallied her second goal on the penalty kick and now has 26 goals this season. Palo Alto's defense blanked the Saints' senior standout, Tegan McGrady, who is headed to Stanford in the fall. Paly sophomore Lauola Amanoni was all over McGrady, who wound up being a non-factor in the match.

Palo Alto will take on top-seeded Mountain View (17-2-1) in the title match on Saturday at Valley Christian at 10 a.m. The Spartans advanced with a 1-0 victory over No. 5 seed Carlmont (13-8-2) at Milpitas High in the other semifinal. The Vikings and Spartans split their SCVAL De Anza Division matches with each other this season, but Mountain View won the division title by one point.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Mar 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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Home scoring: (last name, goals) Pederson 2 (Tomz, PK), Woodfill(Pederson), Maloney(Woodfill), Lu(Foug)
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posted by Robert Bell, parent on Mar 5, 2015 at 8:24 am
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posted by Palo Alto Online on Mar 5, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Paly senior Katie Foug had an assist on the Vikings' final goal. Photo by Al Chang.
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posted by Palo Alto Online on Mar 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Paly junior defender Alison Lu (21) had a standout game while helping blank Santa Teresa. Photo by Al Chang.
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