Varsity Girls Soccer
Palo Alto 1, Homestead 0
Date of competition: Friday, January 23, 2009
The Palo Alto girls' soccer team shook off back-to-back losses and shocked first-place Homestead, 1-0, in a big SCVAL De Anza Division match on Friday. The Vikings climbed back into the race at 3-3-2 (7-5-4 overall) with 11 points. The Mustangs (5-3, 11-3) began the day with 15 points.
Paly senior Jessie Duller crossed the ball to Kelly Jenks, who scored the eventual winning goal in the first half. Sophomore starting keeper Alex Kershner was back in goal after being out sick for Wednesday's game, a 5-1 loss at Monta Vista. Kershner stayed on the field for the entire 80 minutes, recording 10 saves, a couple of which were amazing stops.
Duller was in the center midfield with senior Sammi Bengston, the same formation used for the last half of Wednesday's Monta Vista game where the Vikings held the Matadors to one goal. Also in the two outside back positions were sophomores Gracie Cain and Gracie Marshall. Cain was put in the back for the second half of the Monta Vista game and added speed and stability to the defensive line. She played a similar role against Homestead. Marshall, who can play just about anywhere on the field, helped control the opposite outside corner of the field.
In the last seven minutes of the game, Paly coach Ernesto Cruz shifted players around and stacked the defense heavily to protect the 1-0 lead, which ultimately allowed Paly to take home the victory.
Homestead's goal-scoring leader Diana Charrier was blanked this game, unlike when the two teams met earlier in the season and Charrier scored a hat trick to help lead the Mustangs from a 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 victory.
SCVAL De Anza Division
Homestead 0 0 -- 0
Palo Alto 1 0 -- 1
PA -- Jenks (Duller).
Records: Homestead 5-3 (11-3); Palo Alto 3-3-2 (7-5-4)
posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm
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