Varsity Girls Soccer

Menlo 1, Sacred Heart Prep 1

Date of competition: Thursday, February 4, 2010

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The Sacred Heart Prep girls’ soccer team had hoped to have its second straight West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) title wrapped up by now. But, the Gators evidently are going to have to make every match count before that happens.

The first-place Gators had their title celebration delayed yet again following a 1-1 deadlock with host Menlo on Thursday. Sacred Heart (6-1-1, 11-4-3) has 19 points while the Priory is second with 17 and Menlo third with 15.

The Gators, who finish up next week against Mercy-Burlingame (Tuesday) and Castilleja (Thursday), need to win both unless Priory falters on Tuesday with a loss or tie against Notre Dame-San Jose. The only way for Menlo to steal the title away is for the Knights to win their final two while both SHP and Priory are swept.

Menlo (4-1-3, 10-2-4) put itself in position to do that when junior Kelly Cavan boomed a first-half goal on a free kick from about 35 yards out. The Gators, who lost their first WBAL match in two years on Tuesday in a setback to Priory, rallied to tie with a header goal by Geena Graumann off an assist from Christie Byrne 10 minutes into the second half.

Menlo had high hopes of atoning for a 2-0 loss to SHP on Jan. 19, but instead fell to third place following its third tie with the Gators in the past two seasons. Should Menlo finish in third, the Knights will have to play the WBAL Skyline Division winner (King’s Academy) in a playoff to decide the league’s third automatic berth into the CCS playoffs.

West Bay Athletic League
Foothill Division
Sacred Heart Prep 0 1 -- 1
Menlo 1 0 -- 1
SHP -- Geena Graumann (Christie Byrne)
Menlo -- Kelly Cavan (unassisted)
Records: Sacred Heart Prep 6-1-1 (11-4-3); Menlo 4-1-3 (10-2-4)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

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