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Youthful Spartans may be rebuilding, but they're striving for CCS playoffs


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Mountain View High goalie Tag Wilson has four shutouts this season.

In his 27th season, Mountain View High’s Jim McGuirk is among the most experienced boys soccer coaches in the Central Coast Section. This year’s team, however, is among the least experienced he’s coached.

“We lost 17 players from last year’s roster – 10 to graduation and seven for various other reasons,” McGuirk said. “So for the first time in a long time, I truly have a brand-new, rebuilding team.”

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LA boys soccer team on path to playoffs


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Senior Matt Carroll is among the leaders on the Los Altos boys soccer team, off to a 10-1-2 start.

The Los Altos High boys soccer team is off to its best start in more than a decade, and it’s all about chemistry. These Eagles are united.

“The team works really well together,” senior midfielder Matt Carroll said in explaining Los Altos’ 10-1-2 record. “The chemistry has improved a lot.”

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Senior-laden St. Francis soccer team shoots for Central Coast Section title


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Georgia Kingman, in practice last week, is St. Francis High’s leading scorer. The senior has seven goals and four assists.

The St. Francis High girls soccer team can’t help but feel a sense of urgency to win a Central Coast Section championship this season. It’s now or never for the 12 seniors on the squad.

“We have a big senior class, and a lot of them have been with (varsity) since they were freshmen or sophomores,” coach Dawn Hill said. “They’re hungry for us to get that CCS title.”

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Demotion leaves Eagles with an edge, new coach says


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Emily Pye, a senior, is co-captain of the Los Altos High girls soccer team.

Three years after winning a Central Coast Section championship, the Los Altos High girls soccer team has been demoted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division – and the players aren’t happy about it.

“The girls are fired up; they didn’t like the idea of being relegated (after) last season,” new coach Eric Madrigal said. “They want to get some revenge – they have that edge.”

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Pinewood girls set their sights on soccer title


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Pinewood School junior Caleigh Page, left, last season was named WBAL Skyline Division Defender of the Year.

The Pinewood School girls soccer team made a run at the division title last season but wasn’t able to catch Castilleja or Crystal Springs Uplands. The Panthers finished third with a 5-2-2 record in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

This season Michael Tetzlaff said he and co-head coach Whitney Wood “are pretty confident that we can vie for the top spot in the Skyline Division.”

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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.”

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