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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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Grown-up Eagles hope to move up the ranks in SCVAL De Anza Division


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Los Altos High’s Matt Schonher heads the ball Friday against Andrew Hill.

Lacking experience and size a year ago, the Los Altos High boys soccer team has grown into a unit that can make a run at the playoffs this season, according to coach Vava Marques.

“We had a good team last year – it’s just that we were technical but not physical,” Marques said of a squad that finished fifth in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 7-10-2 overall. “This year we’re bigger and stronger – we have a lot of seniors.”

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Los Altos hires Nichols to coach girls soccer team


When Stephen Nichols began college as an environmental engineer major, he envisioned himself one day working in the green field – not on one. But a decade later, Nichols said he is right where he wants to be – coaching soccer.

Nichols over the summer was hired as coach of the varsity girls soccer team at Los Altos High. It’s his first job as a high school varsity head coach.

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MV's Bumgarner helps club team to national semis


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Brad Bumgarner helped Santa Clara Sporting Club reach the national semifinals.

On the road to Sacramento last week to embark on his first college soccer season, Brad Bumgarner reflected on the successful high school career in his rearview mirror.

The forward not only spoke fondly of his four years playing for Mountain View High, but also the several seasons he spent with his other team – Santa Clara Sporting Club.

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