Varsity Girls Soccer
Homestead 4, Palo Alto 3
Date of competition: Friday, December 19, 2008
Palo Alto girls' soccer coach Ernesto Cruz may be a firm believer that high school soccer is all about giving everyone a chance to play. That thinking, perhaps, cost his team dearly in a 4-3 SCVAL De Anza Division loss to host Homestead on Friday.
The Vikings (1-1, 5-2-3) played a great first half and took a 3-1 lead into halftime. That should have been enough for Paly to take an unbeaten record into 2009. Cruz, however, began subbing in the second half and Paly's comfortable lead disappeared quickly at Homestead grabbed the momentum and eventually tied the match at 3.
Cruz quickly got his starters back into the match, but the momentum had swung the other way and it was too late.
Paly grabbed a 1-0 lead when a corner kick from junior Sophie Cain skirted through a couple of players before landing at the feet of junior Erika Hoglund, who pummeled the ball into the net.
Paly made it 2-0 when junior Kelly Jenks took a shot right at the Homestead keeper. The ball bounced off the goalie and back at Jenks, who tapped the ball over the sprawled goalie and into the net.
Homestead star Diana Charrier scored on her own to make it a 2-1 game. This was the first of three goals for Charrier.
Jenks made it a 3-1 game just before halftime when she drilled a shot from 25-30 yards out and just over the fingertips of the Homestead goalie.
SCVAL DeAnza Division
Palo Alto 3 0 -- 3
Homestead 1 3 -- 4
PA -- Hoglund (S. Cain), Jenks (unassisted), Jenks (unassisted).
H -- Charrier 3 (all unassisted), Phan (unassisted).
Records: Palo Alto 1-1 (5-2-3); Homestead 1-1 (7-1)
posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 19, 2008 at 8:04 pm
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