Varsity Boys Soccer

Palo Alto 1, Santa Clara 1

Date of competition: Friday, December 21, 2007

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The Palo Alto boys' soccer team lost an opportunity to take over first place in the SCVAL De Anza Division race, suffering a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Santa Clara on Friday at the Mayfield Soccer Complex. The Vikings (2-1-1, 7-1-5) could have overtaken first-place Los Gatos (2-0-1), which played Gunn to a 0-0 deadlock in the first game Friday at Mayfield. Paly even held a 1-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a goal from Matt Nguyen off a cross from Adam Zernik at 28:00. Santa Clara (1-1-1, 9-1-2) scored the equalizer 15 minutes into the second half on a breakaway. Paly dominated the first 40 minutes, despite having a penalty kick blocked for the second straight match. As expected, this was a closely fought game. Both teams also came in with only one loss this season. The first half was played mainly in Santa Clara's half and Paly had most of the shots and scoring opportunities. Both teams played fairly even in the second half after Santa Clara tied the game on a Paly defensive miscue. Goalkeeper Peter Johnson along with midfielders Jenner Fox, Zernik and Kevin Ashworth had exceptional games controlling the defense and midfield. Paly had 18 shots to Santa Clara's seven.

posted by keith peters on Dec 21, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Palo Alto's Matt Nguyen gets squeezed between teammate Kevin Ashworth (3) and a Santa Clara defender while trying to score in the first half of Friday's SCVAL De Anza Division soccer match that ended in a 1-1 deadlock. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Palo Alto's Matt Nguyen reacts after just missing a goal in the second half of Friday's 1-1 deadlock with Santa Clara in an SCVAL De Anza Division match. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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