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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 08, 2004


SHP boys SHP boys (September 08, 2004)open soccer in a big way

by Keith Peters

It was Labor Day on Monday, so the Sacred Heart Prep boys' soccer team labored.

Despite the considerable heat and the fact the Gators had just played three matches the previous four days, head coach Juan Camahort had his players back on the practice field while the rest of the Bay Area took the day off.

"We don't want that win last Saturday to be a fluke," Camahort said of why the Gators practiced Monday.

"That win" last weekend was a 4-2 victory of The King's Academy in the championship match of the annual Gator Classic at SHP. King's is the defending Private Schools Athletic League and Central Coast Section Division III champion, having knocked the Gators out of those respective positions in 2003.

Those two teams met again Tuesday at SHP in a PSAL opener. Camahort used Monday's practice to make sure his team remained sharp and not overconfident for the rematch.

"I keep telling the team it's good to be confident, but not over-confident," Camahort said.

The Gators (3-0) have made it a habit of starting the season with an impressive winning streak, then faltering in the late stages before righting themselves for the playoffs. Camahort is hoping to keep things low key early on while keeping a stronger focus for late-season road trips.

SHP went through a rough stretch last season where it lost three of five matches, starting with a setback to King's Academy.

In last Saturday's victory, however, the Gators took on the defending section champs with a depleted roster and still won. Two starters were injured and four others were gone on family trips over the long holiday weekend, leaving SHP with only three subs.

King's Academy jumped to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Paul Marcoux, the focus of the Gators' game plan.

"We had a game plan to stop him, but it didn't work well the first 15 minutes," explained Camahort, who reminded his team of that at halftime after SHP had rallied to tie the match on goals by Jeff Loomis and Alex Vukic.

In the second half, SHP did a better job of denying Marcoux of the ball thanks to the work of stopper Cory Hatton and Loomis. Mike Jiaranovant scored off an assist by Mike McMahon for a 3-2 Gators' lead before Vukic put the finishing touches on the weekend with a late goal.

Vukic, a junior who played on the JV team last season, was the surprise of the tournament. He had two goals in a 2-0 win over Liberty Baptist in the opener, one goal and one assist in a 4-0 semifinal win over North Valley Baptist and finally two goals (despite being kicked in the leg and having to leave the match briefly) help beat King's Academy.

Also playing well was goalie Garrick Yuen, another JV grad, along with Loomis, McMahon, Andrew Ninnemann,Sean Jordan, Drew Cattermole and Travis Benson.

In other nonleague action, Woodside Priory (1-0-2) got goals from Tyler Skinner-Rosenberg and Jay Park to edge Lowell (San Francisco).

The Panthers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to pull out their first win of the season. Blaine Tehaney and Victor Aguirre did a solid job of controlling the central midfield while Park and John Sohn helped spark the offense.
Girls water polo

Menlo School (4-0) and Menlo-Atherton (3-1) dominated the action at the annual Dennis Fosdic Peninsula Challenge tournament at Castilleja last weekend.

Menlo outscored the opposition 44-19 while M-A tallied 46 goals and allowed 20.

That balance was displayed when the Knights and Bears met in the second round, with Menlo holding on for an 11-10 overtime victory.

Sophomore Whitney Allen tallied five goals in that match to spark the victory, while Kelly Krueger and Angie McPhaul added two each. Heidi Kucera and Kelly Eaton tallied three each for the Bears.

Allen scored 13 goals in the four wins for Menlo while Megan Burmeister contributed eight. Eaton paced the Bears with 19 goals and 28 steals. Kucera contributed seven goals and 10 steals while Kelly Fero added nine goals and five assists.

Castilleja (1-3) was led by senior goalie Nikki Perlman, who made 46 saves, had 20 steals and scored two goals.

Most of the local girls' teams will be in action this weekend. Castilleja will visit Los Altos on Friday at 6 p.m., while Menlo plays Rio Americano at Stanford at 7:30 p.m. Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto will play in the Clovis West tournament.
Boys water polo

Menlo, Palo Alto and defending CCS Division II champ Sacred Heart Prep will play in the annual Schmitt Invitational beginning Friday at Bellarmine Prep and Lynbrook. SHP opens its season Wednesday at Los Altos at 6 p.m.
Girls tennis

Menlo (1-0) opened its season with an 8-1 nonleague victory over visiting Clovis West last Friday. Sarah Hoffman, Katie Bouret, Amanda Pade, Ashley Carlisle, Gabby Filipcik and Kate Serrurier all won their singles matches to pace the Knights.

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