Varsity Girls Soccer

Palo Alto 4, Gunn 2

Date of competition: Friday, December 12, 2008

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The Palo Alto girls' soccer team tuned up for its SCVAL De Anza Division opener next week with a 4-2 nonleague win at Gunn on Friday night. Maeve Stewart scored twice with Sammi Bengston and Gracie Marshall each adding a solo goal for the Vikings (4-1-3). Eleanor Greely and Nikki Bahlman scored for the Titans (2-4-1).
Paly scored first and early in the game. Gunn answered in the first half to tie. The Titans scored again in the second half and kept the lead until the last 15 minutes of the game. Paly came on strong at that point and scored three straight goals for the win.
Paly senior Jessie Duller, playing as a defender in the left back position, ran up the side and crossed the ball to the center to get things started in the first half. Junior Maeve Stewart, seeing the ball coming her way, made a leap for it, and got a foot on the ball for a mid-air volley into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Gunn then rallied to tie. Greely was standing at the top of the box when she received a high ball coming her way. While the ball was in the air, Greely connected with the ball and lofted it over the head of the Paly goalie, who was coming out of the goal to challenge Greely. This play resulted in a goal.
The Titans took a 2-1 lead about 10 minutes into the second half. Gunn's Bahlman was at the receiving end of some nice passes from teammates Greely and Megan Clendenin. Once the ball was at her feet, Bahlman beat out a couple of Paly defenders and scored with a hard shot into the net.
After Gunn had gone ahead by 2-1 and appeared headed for victory, Bengston initiated the action with a shot toward the goal that was deflected off the Gunn defense and rolled into the net for a 2-2 match.
Bengston again made things happen as she dribbled through traffic, drawing three Gunn defenders to her -- opening up the potential opportunities for Paly's fowards. Bengston found an open passing lane to Stewart, who took a hard shot and scored for the eventual winning goal. Paly sophomore Gracie Marshall made it a 4-2 match after taking a pass from left winger Kaitlyn Patterson and finishing.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 13, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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