Varsity Boys Soccer

Mountain View 2, Palo Alto 0

Date of competition: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Palo Alto’s chances of defending its SCVAL De Anza Division boys’ soccer title ended Tuesday in a 2-0 loss to host Mountain View. The Vikings, who lost only one match last season while sharing the Central Coast Section Division I title, fell to 4-3-4 in league (7-5-7 overall) and have no chance of defending with just Thursday’s home match against Milpitas (3:30 p.m.) remaining on the schedule.

Palo Alto began the day in fifth place with 16 points and failed to gain any ground on Gunn, Mountain View, Los Gatos and Los Altos. The Vikings were put on the defensive right away when Mountain View (7-3-1, 12-4-3) scored its first goal in the first five minutes off a quick cross and a ball that was finessed into the lower right corner. The Spartans continued to press until Paly finally settled down defensively.

Paly started out fairly strong with a strong surge in the second half and played in Mountain View’s half for most of the initial 20 minutes, but the Spartans earned a direct kick just outside the box and that resulted in a 2-0 game. Paly sophomore Kris Hoglund deflected the ball of the crossbar, but it bounced over to a Mountain View player who put it away. The game then settled into midfield play and few remaining scoring opportunities.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

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