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Unbeaten Lancers take aim at title


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St. Francis High junior Delaney Baie “DB” Pridham has a team-best 11 assists.

It’s been almost a year since the St. Francis High girls soccer team has lost a game, and coach Dawn Hill is hopeful that the Lancers’ streak of success will stretch into the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I expect to keep playing the way we’re playing – good soccer – and see if we can get to the final and win it,” she said.

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British coach connects with local players


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Coach Leanne de Silva, back, and her Red Star under-11 girls team show off their medals and trophy after winning State Cup.

Soccer is an international sport, but British-born coach Leanne de Silva has learned there’s no universal language for communicating with her American players.

Hired last fall to coach an under-11 girls team with the local Red Star Soccer Academy, de Silva quickly realized some of her words were getting lost in translation.

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Pinewood girls not giving up on division-title dreams


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Pinewood School junior Jordan Berke scores versus Eastside Prep.

Down 1-0 at halftime to a squad it trounced three weeks earlier, the Pinewood School girls soccer team came to a realization. The Panthers needed to raise their game or suffer the consequences.

“The first half was pretty miserable. We kind of bumbled our way through it,” coach Michael Tetzlaff said of the Jan. 27 match against Eastside Prep. “They realized that the way they were playing wasn’t acceptable, and they started to turn it around.”

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MV boys soccer team may be young, but Spartans still shooting for CCS


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Mountain View High midfielder Jason Floyer notched a goal and two assists in last week’s win at rival Los Altos.

The other shoe – or in this case, cleat – has dropped for the Mountain View High boys soccer team.

Having so many stellar seniors graduate last spring has left coach Jim McGuirk with a squad short on experience this winter.

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Spartans reach new depth


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Junior Ysa Baluyot, left, tops the Mountain View High girls soccer team with eight goals this season.

Those who figured a few injuries would make the Mountain View High girls soccer team vulnerable might want to rethink that assumption. The Spartans are off to an 8-2 start without two key players.

“This is the deepest team we’ve had,” said third-year coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad sits atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

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Healthier LA girls soccer team hopes to turn season around


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Allie Crum, right, is one of four seniors on the Los Altos team.

Eight games into the season, the Los Altos High girls soccer team is still getting to know coach Stephen Nichols – and vice versa. Not only is Nichols new to the Eagles, hired in August, he’s missed half of their games due to an illness.

“This is kind of a weird season for me,” Nichols said. “I was really sick for six weeks and was out for two weeks. I wasn’t expecting that. I haven’t been myself, and that’s been difficult.”

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