Varsity Girls Soccer

Palo Alto 2, Los Altos 2

Date of competition: Friday, January 9, 2009

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Palo Alto and Los Altos girls' soccer teams battled through 80 minutes of challenging play for what turned out to be an exciting game for the spectators and a final tie score of 2-2 for both schools in this SCVAL De Anza Division nail-biter. Los Altos came into the game with eight wins and only one loss which was against the Vikings during Palo Alto's winter soccer tournament last month. Katie Crum helped the Eagles take the lead in the 35th minute when she found herself one-on-one with Paly sophomore goalkeeper Alex Kershner and scored after receiving a nice pass from freshman Hanna Lauterbach. Crum's was the lone goal in 40 minutes of play as the score was 1-0 in the Eagles' favor at half. The Vikings stepped onto the field after the break a different team. Senior co-captain Sammi Bengston said she was pumped starting the second half because coach Ernesto Cruz rearranged the line-up giving the team more power on offense, specifically in the center where Bengston plays offensive midfielder. Paly tied the game 1-1 in the 59th minute after senior co-captain Jessie Duller brought the ball up from the back and crossed the ball to freshman Marina Foley. Foley, standing nearly 6' tall, volleyed the ball into the net with one touch for what would be her first of two goals for the game. The last two goals occurred during the final 10 minutes. The Eagles' Noorin Dorosti took a pass from teammate Kellie Welch and lofted a shot from the center of the field in the 70th minute which dropped over the head of Paly's Kershner. The momentum stayed strong and tense until the very end and the Vikings slipped in one more goal before the referee's whistle. Junior Emily Yeates crossed the ball from the right and Foley scored again in the 80th minute. Accolades go to both teams' defensive lines, who kept the shots on goal to a bare minimum. Los Altos had 7 shots on goal compared to Paly's 4. Senior Kelsey Mulcahy, who is committed to play NCAA Div. 1 soccer at UC Santa Barbara next fall, led the pace in the back for the Eagles. Strong Paly defensive efforts were put forth from Duller, Claire Skrabutenas, Hannah Ohlson, Gracie Marshall and Elizabeth Petit. Duller, who generally plays as a midfield winger, has been playing outside defender for the school team this season and even though she is bit further back on the field she is still a force to reckon with offensively with decent stats of 2 goals and 4 assists so far in the season. LA Record: 2-0-1 (8-1-1) PA Record: 1-1-2 (5-2-5)

posted by Renate Steiner, other on Jan 10, 2009 at 10:11 am

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