Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 1, Gunn 0

Date of competition: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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In just another typical rivalry match between the Palo Alto and Gunn boys’ soccer teams, visiting Paly pulled off a hard-fought 1-0 victory in a SCVAL De Anza Division match on Tuesday afternoon. The Vikings improved to 2-0 in league (5-2-3 overall) while the Titans fell to 2-1 (3-6) and out of first place. Paly's Kris Hoglund took a pass from Jenner Fox and put it past Gunn keeper Kheaton Smith with about 10 minutes remaining in the second half for the winning goal.

The match was highlight by very competitive play by both teams. Gunn had the stronger first half with the wind to its back. While the Titans had more shots on goal, most were from far out and off the mark. The second half swung over to Paly's favor as the Vikings gained the wind advantage. Paly had several opportunities to score but was stopped by the nice defensive plays by Gunn’s keeper.

Hoglund beat the Gunn defense several times, which led to several one-on-ones. While Smith broke up the first two, Hoglund put the third one away to win the match. Paly had to hold on as Gunn responded with five minutes of a frenzied attack, including a set play that was trapped up against the cross bar for a moment by Paly's keeper Scott Alexander. It fell to the ground and was cleared by Mark Raftrey. Alexander had several nice saves in the waning minutes.

Nittai Malchin, Peter Laminette and Raftrey did a nice job of thwarting Gunn's attack and Fox and John Richardson controlled the midfield attack.

SCVAL De Anza Division
Palo Alto 0 1 -- 1
Gunn 0 0 – 0
Paly – Kris Hoglund (Jenner Fox)
Records: Palo Alto 2-0 (5-2-3); Gunn 2-1 (3-6)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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