Varsity Boys Soccer
Palo Alto 2, Monta Vista 0
Date of competition: Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Palo Alto boys' soccer team strengthened its hold on first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division with a 2-0 victory over visiting Monta Vista on Wednesday. The Vikings improved to 6-0-1 in league (19 points) and 14-1-2 overall while the Matadors fell to 2-5-1 in league.
Following a scoreless first half, Paly finally got on the board on an overlapping run by John Christopherson (assist), who then crossed the ball to Greg Stewart for the goal with 8:30 elapsed. Paly made it 2-0 when Spencer Sims scored on an an assist from Adam Zernik at the 25:00 mark.
"This was a close game for the first half," said Paly coach Don Briggs. "It was a defensive battle with both teams having a total of five shots on goal. Paly came out stronger in the second half with several near-scoring opportunities, including shots off the post and one off the cross bar."
Briggs said his defense "came back to form with another shutout. Peter Johnson did a nice job of directing the defense and had two saves. Ryan Holland, Riley Smith, John Christopherson, and Mark Raftrey were key defensive players in preserving the shutout."
SCVAL De Anza Division
Monta Vista 0 0 -- 0
Palo Alto 0 2 -- 2
PA -- Stewart (Christopherson), Sims (Zernik).
Standings: Palo Alto 6-0-1 (14-1-2), Los Gatos 5-2, Gunn 4-2-1 (7-5-3), Milpitas 3-3-1, Santa Clara 2-2-2, Monta Vista 2-5-1, Fremont 0-8.
posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm
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