Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 2, Milpitas 0

Date of competition: Thursday, February 18, 2010

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The Palo Alto boys’ soccer team pulled into a two-way tie for third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division race with a 2-0 victory over visiting Milpitas on the final day of the regular season. The Vikings finished 5-3-4 in league (8-4-7 overall) for 19 points. Gunn also had 19 points with a 6-5-1 league mark. Mountain View won the division crown at 8-3-1 while Los Gatos was second at 7-2-3.

With only the top three teams earning automatic bids to the Central Coast Section playoffs that begin next week, Gunn and Paly will learn their fate at the SCVAL meeting on Thursday night. Paly has the best overall record and more CCS power points than Gunn, which may hold the tiebreaker for most goals in its head-to-head battle with Paly.

The Vikings put themselves back into the playoff picture as sophomore Kris Hoglund, who played the past two matches in goal, was moved back to the field and scored the eventual winning goal when John Anderton crossed the ball to Hoglund, who headed it into the upper left corner in the 38th minute to break a 0-0 deadlock. In the second half, Jenner Fox took a John Richardson pass and pushed it pass the Milpitas keeper for the final goa.

Austin Smith and Richardson had nice games and did a great job of controlling the back line. Fox had another top game, controlling the Paly attack and slowing down the Milpitas counterattacks. James Maa was in top form for the Vikings as an outside midfielder and played well both offensively and defensively.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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