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Coach gets a kick out of Spartans

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Mountain View High’s Manuel Rozay, right, battles a Sacred Heart Prep player for the ball in last week’s season opener.

Now in his 28th season as Mountain View High’s boys soccer coach, Jim McGuirk has seen it all. He’s worked with good teams that weren’t a joy to coach and bad ones that were.

This year, he seems to have the best of both worlds.

St. Francis hires Alberico to coach boys soccer team

Longtime club coach Seth Alberico was recently appointed head coach of the St. Francis High varsity boys soccer team, which kicks off its season this week.

Hired in October, Alberico has been a coach with the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club for 12 years. He has coached more than 40 players who have gone on to play at the college level.

Pedrayes makes ODP national camp

Courtesy of the Pedrayes Family
Los Altos resident Diego Pedrayes has been invited to participate in a national camp run by the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.

Diego Pedrayes’ love for soccer has a lot to do with the love he has for his late grandfather.

“He was one of the best players in Mexico City and could have gone national, but he chose to graduate from school instead,” the Los Altos resident said. “He’s one of my inspirations to keep playing.”

MVLA soccer club kicks off season with success

Erin Montoya
MVLA 04 Barcelona Pre-ECNL won the Surf Cup and the Mustang Stampede tournaments. Front, from left: Sophia Sasaki, Allie Montoya, Cadee Borg, Joelle Jung, Kaia Flores, Greenlee Kauinana and Sierra Fuegmann. Back: Assistant coach Tom Fuegmann, Ariel Thongkham, Elle Roos, Sofia Rodriguez, Madeleine Cunningham, Leah O’Brien, Mya Wheeler, Layne Kohler, Charis Toney, Amalie Pianim, Esha Gupta, Natalie Smith and head coach Erin Montoya.

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club is off to a stellar start to the fall season. Four girls teams kicked off the campaign with first-place finishes in tournaments earlier this month.

“Our teams did so well,” said Erin Montoya, who coaches two of them. “It shows there’s a good future for all of them.”

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