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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


Courtesy of Carrie Amaya
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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MV’s Bumgarner helps club team to national semis


Courtesy of Carrie Amaya
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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Mercury rises to the top


Courtesy of Seth Alberico
MVLA Mercury Black won its division of the San Diego Surf Cup last month. Front row, from left: Gabby Sanfilippo, Erica Higa, Natalie Perreault, Amber Mallett, Taryn Harpell, Marissa Hing and Tierney McClenahan. Back: Manager Dan Hing, head coach Seth Alberico, Rebecca Andrews, Gabby Lopez, Regan Heslop, Gianna Timoteo, Aerial Chavarin, Jayme Hughes, Tegan McGrady, Shaelan Murison and assistant coach Peter Higa.

MVLA Mercury Black scored its second San Diego Surf Cup championship in four years by going undefeated in five games at the national soccer tournament.

The under-17 girls team from the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club claimed the crown in its division July 28.

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Pair of MVLA soccer teams kick their way to nationals


Courtesy of Kim Cesana
The MVLA Vipers Blue made nationals by winning the west regional in Davis. Front, from left: Kai Moos, Ben Ambach, Jake Echanove, Tyler Poulsen, Paul Faurot, Ciry Mendoza and Ivan Cordera. Back: Jakob Motogawa, Nicholas Vollmer, Nikhil Weigel, Ethan Briens, Matthew Lopez, Harry Allen, William Lepesh, coach Rafael Soares, Tyler Roey and Brandt Hedgpeth. Not pictured: Ollie DeVisser and Justin Ratner.

Two teams from the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club traveled east this month to prove that the west is best when it comes to youth soccer.

The MVLA Typhoons Black (under-15 girls) competed in the Elite Clubs National League Finals in Richmond, Va., while the MVLA Vipers Blue (under-13 boys) participated in the National Cup XIII Finals in Greensboro, N.C.

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