Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 4, Watsonville 3

Date of competition: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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The top-seeded Palo Alto boys' soccer team advanced to the Central Coast Section Division I championship match with a 4-3 double-overtime victory over No. 4 Watsonville on Tuesday at Milpitas High. The Vikings (21-1-2) will face No. 2 and defending Division I champ Bellarmine (17-3-5), which eliminated No. 11 Gunn, 2-0, in the other semifinal on Tuesday at Milpitas.

For Palo Alto, this will be its third straight appearance in a CCS championship match. The Vikings played in back-to-back Division II finales the past two seasons and dropped both.

Paly's Jenner Fox, who earlier had mistakenly headed a ball into his own goal, made up for the own goal in the 94th minute by feeding Spencer Sims on the winning breakaway goal, and Palo Alto held on for the win. Elliot Sanborn scored one goal and assisted on another for Paly.

Watsonville's three goals were the most the Vikings have allowed all season. Paly senior keeper Peter Johnson gave up just one goal during 12 SCVAL De Anza Division matches this season during which the Vikings went 11-0-1. Paly and Bellarmine will meet on Saturday at Milpitas to decide the section title.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm

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