The prep soccer powers that flank the San Francisquito Creek--Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto--just keep on rolling. For the most part.
For M-A, the most-recent result was somewhat mixed. While the Bears did not lose last Friday in a Peninsula Athletic League first-place showdown at Sequoia, a goal in the final minute prevented a win and the outcome was a 1-1 tie.
That result left M-A with a 4-0-1 record in the PAL (7-1-1 overall), the same as Sequoia. The Bears got a first-half goal when Tai Kim headed in a throw-in from Jakub Leslie. However, M-A goalkeeper Jerry Dobbs was within one minute of another shutout before Sequoia standout Chris Yantos scored on a pileup in front of the goal.
M-A plays at Mills (1-3-1) on Friday.
Paly takes a 3-0-1 league record (and an 11-2-3 record overall) into its SCVAL De Anza Division match today at home against rival Gunn (0-2-3). After that, the Vikings play at Monta Vista on Friday.
The Vikes remained unbeaten in division play last Friday when Steve Herasimchuk accounted for two goals in a 2-1 victory at Los Altos (1-2-1).
Herasimchuk scored an unassisted goal and then assisted on a goal by Ryan Ferrell for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Meanwhile, a penalty-kick goal by Ronny Garcia accounted for Gunn's score in a 1-1 tie against Homestead (1-2-1).
The Titans host Los Altos on Monday at Terman Field.
Sacred Heart (1-1, 9-7) played its Private School Athletic League home opener and 22 points by John Blanchard and 16 from Garner Morantes paved the way to a 76-57 victory over Redwood Christian.
Menlo School (1-1, 3-9) did not enjoy similar success in its PSAL home opener, blowing a 10-point, first-quarter lead in a 59-54 loss to Fremont Christian. Mike Spitz had 13 points and Ian Jinkerson scored 12 for the Knights.
In the SCVAL's De Anza Division, Gunn (0-4, 5-11) extended its losing streak to eight games in a 56-46 loss at home to Monta Vista.
The Titans held Todd Wuschnig to nine points (after he scored 28 against Paly two nights earlier) and remained close throughout, but could not overtake the Matadors (3-0, 14-2).
Dave Smith had 17 points and sank three 3-pointers and Jake McDougal scored 10 for Gunn, which plays at Paly (1-1, 12-5) tonight.
Gunn has a bye Friday night while Paly plays at Los Gatos (2-1, 9-7).
In the PAL, M-A (4-3, 8-7) was fortunate to escape last week with a win in three games. After a loss to Capuchino, the Bears were stunned in overtime last Thursday by Burlingame, 72-69. Derek Monroe had 21 points, Sam Batchelder scored 16 and Curtis Haggins had 15.
However, M-A rallied to beat Carlmont in OT, 87-83, last Friday as Batchelder had 26 points and Haggins scored 23. Terence Brown had 15 for M-A.
It doesn't get easier for M-A, which is tied for fourth behind Aragon (8-0) and Capuchino (6-2) and Woodside (6-2). M-A hosts Woodside on Friday, then begins the second round of PAL play.
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