Success for Spartans

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Mountain View High players gather to congratulate one another after edging Palo Alto 3-2 in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I final.

With a youthful soccer team plagued by injuries from the start of the season, coach Ivan Bandov wondered in November whether his Mountain View High girls were capable of making it to the Central Coast Section final – let alone winning it.

Saturday morning at Valley Christian, the strong-willed Spartans removed all doubt by fending off Palo Alto 3-2 in the CCS Division I title game.


McHugh scores on cue in Lancers' playoff win

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St. Francis High’s Lauren McHugh scored both goals in the Lancers’ 2-1 win over Presentation.

St. Francis High senior Lauren McHugh picked a fine time to score her second, then third goal of the season – in the Central Coast Section Division II girls soccer quarterfinals.

The midfielder’s goals lifted the top-seeded Lancers to a 2-1 home win over No. 8 Presentation Saturday. Both came on set plays off corner kicks by junior Georgia Kingman in the first half.


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.


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.


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.”


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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