Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 4, Sequoia 1

Date of competition: Monday, December 14, 2015

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The Palo Alto boys have been very busy, and successful, during the preseason soccer season with four matches in the past seven days. The Vikings have won all four and now stand 5-0 following Monday's 4-1 nonleague triumph over visiting Sequoia.

"We had a handful of first-half chances, but failed to finish," said Paly coach Don Briggs, whose team still scored quickly after senior Allesandro Reale was taken down on a goal-scoring opportunity in the box and was injured on the play. Senior Roberto Sotelo converted the PK and Paly had a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute. Sequoia retaliated quickly and scored within a minute with the teams failing to score the remainder of the first half.

The game was tied for 50 minutes until Paly senior Dami Bolarinwa pushed a cross from senior Max Hallberg paste the Sequoia keeper. Things opened up quickly after that with Sotelo hitting a long shot from the top of the box for a 3-1 lead and junior Michel-Ange Siaba redirected a cross from Bolarinwa into the lower corner to make it 4-1.

The Paly defense was solid once again led by center backs Derek Schoeberger and Neil Verwillow plus keeper Eli Friedlander. Next up for Paly before the Christmas break will be the championship match of the Oak Grove Tournament on Saturday at Oak Grove High, where the Vikings will face Willow Glen at 4 p.m.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 15, 2015 at 9:19 am

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