Varsity Girls Soccer
Mountain View 4, Palo Alto 3
Date of competition: Friday, February 6, 2009
The Palo Alto girls’ soccer team is sitting on the bubble in the SCVAL De Anza Division race. The Vikings have to hope that bubble doesn’t burst following a 4-3 loss to visiting Mountain View on Friday.
The Vikings (5-5-2, 9-7-4) needed a victory on Senior Day to have even the slimmest hope of earning an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section playoffs. Paly held only a two-point lead over fourth-place Homestead, but the Mustangs still have a match remaining needed only to win on Friday to take over third place and gain the third automatic berth.
On a rainy afternoon, Paly found itself down 3-0 in the first half to a team that scored five goals against the Vikings in the first meeting. With tenacity, composure and desire, Paly got back in the game by scoring two goals before halftime. Junior Maeve Stewart ran onto a pass from senior Jessie Duller to get the first point on the board for the Vikings. The next goal was the result of senior Sammi Bengston getting fouled in the box. She took the penalty-kick opportunity and slipped the ball past the Spartans’ keeper for a 3-2 game.
Mountain View scored first in the second half for a 4-2 lead, but Paly started to catch up with an additional goal scored, this one from junior Kelly Jenks. It was her 16th goal of the season. Bengston finished with six goals and six assists. The Vikings, however, eventually ran out of time as the regular season came to a close for them. Paly has to hope that Homestead lost on Friday and loses next week, thus leaving the Vikings in third.
SCVAL De Anza Division
Mountain View 3 1 -- 4
Palo Alto 2 1 – 3
Mt. View – unavailable.
Paly -- Stewart (Duller), Bengston (penalty kick), Jenks (unassisted).
Records: Mountain View 5-5-2 (8-7-5); Palo Alto 5-5-2 (9-7-4)
posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 6, 2009 at 9:45 pm
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