Korpontinos' career gets a jolt from Earthquakes

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Matthew Korpontinos aspires to play soccer professionally.

For Matthew Korpontinos, soccer is more than a game. It’s a lifestyle.

Having played the sport for most of his life – with his first word being “ball” and his first steps being taken with a soccer ball – the 17-year-old said “soccer has been a part of my life for so long it’s become a part of my lifestyle that I could never separate myself from.”


LA grad joins Stanford soccer coaching staff

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Los Altos High graduate Margueritte Aozasa – flanked by fellow assistant coach Hideki Nakada, left, and head coach Paul Ratcliffe – recently joined the Stanford women’s soccer coaching staff.

Margueritte Aozasa’s talent for coaching can be traced back to her days playing for the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club.

“Coaching for me was always second nature,” said Aozasa, hired in May as an assistant coach for the Stanford University women’s soccer team. “I made a career as a player by being a coach on the field. My strength was reading the game, being a leader and directing my teammates.”


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.


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