Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 2, Monta Vista 0

Date of competition: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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Palo Alto moved back into second place in the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' soccer race with a 2-0 victory at Monta Vista on Tuesday. The Vikings improved to 4-1-2 in league (7-3-4 overall) and will take 14 points into Thursday’s showdown with visiting Gunn (4-3-1. 5-8-2) at 3:30 p.m. The Titans fell to fourth following a 1-1 tie with visiting Milpitas.

It started raining just before the start of the match and the grass field remained fairly playable for the first 20 minutes, and then quickly started getting slick. For Paly, all the scoring took place in the first 10 minutes. Senior Ethan Plank scored the first goal (unassisted) off a direct kick from 10 yards outside the top of the box. The Vikings made it 2-0 when sophomore Kris Hoglund took a pass from senior John Anderton and placed it past the diving keeper.

As the field conditions continued to deteriorate, Paly had several more opportunities, including two shots off the post. Monta Vista (1-5-1, 6-7-2) had two close chances but Paly keeper Austin Shiau made two nice saves, including the stopping of a penalty kick with 10 minutes remaining. Paly had a good solid effort backed up by Shiau, John Richardson,and Jenner Fox.

SCVAL De Anza Division
Palo Alto 2 0 -- 2
Monta Vista 0 0 -- 0
Paly -- Ethan Plank (unassisted), Kris Hoglund (John Anderton)
Standings: Mountain View 5-3 (10-4-2), Palo Alto 3-1-2 (7-3-4), Los Gatos 4-2-2 (9-5-2), Gunn 4-3-1 (5-8-2), Milpitas 2-4-2 (6-8-2), Los Altos 2-4 (7-6), Monta Vista 1-5-1 (6-1-2)

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Palo Alto's John Richardson sends a pass off during his team's 2-0 victory over host Monta Vista on Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shorin.

Palo Alto's Zac Hummel uses his head to control play during the Vikings' 2-0 SCVAL De Anza Division win on Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shorin.

Palo Alto keeper Austin Shiau (right) makes a save during his team's 2-0 victory over host Monta Vista on Tuesday. One of Shiau's saves came on a penalty kick. Photo by Jim Shorin.

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