Varsity Boys Soccer

Sacred Heart Prep 0, Menlo 0

Date of competition: Monday, February 9, 2009

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The Sacred Heart Prep boys' soccer team walked off its field on Monday without a victory and without a lot of smiles. The Gators didn't win, but they didn't lose. And, their scoreless tie was nearly as good as a triumph, as far as what it accomplished.

After being Menlo in their first meeting, 3-2, Monday's tie proved even bigger for the Gators -- it earned SHP the West Bay Athletic League championship on the final day of the regular season for both teams. Sacred Heart Prep finished 10-3-1 in league for 31 points (11-8-1 overall) while Menlo settled for second at 8-2-4 for 28 points (11-4-5 overall). Both teams are headed for the Central Coast Section playoffs, where both likely will be seeded in Division III and quite possibly face each other once again.

posted by Keith Peters on Feb 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

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posted by Keith Peters on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

Sacred Heart Prep's Reid Gaa (second from right) is congratulated by Jeff Wagstaffe (left) and goalie Max Polkinhorne (right) after Gaa saved a potential game-winning goal by Menlo during the teams' 0-0 season finale showdown on Monday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Sacred Heart Prep's Ben Taylor (2) chases down the ball and begins to head upfield during the first half of a 0-0 deadlock with Menlo on Monday. SHP won the WBAL title with the one-point from the tie. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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posted by Keith Peters on Feb 10, 2009 at 8:41 am

Sacred Heart Prep's Riley Fallon (20) and Menlo's Vikram Padval collide during an aggressive and physical WBAL soccer match on Monday that ended in a 0-0 deadlock, earning SHP the league championship. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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