It’s getting crowded toward the top of the girls soccer standings in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.
With a week remaining in the regular season, Los Altos and Mountain View are battling Los Gatos and Palo Alto for the league title. Los Altos (6-1-2) is in first place, Mountain View (5-0-4) and Los Gatos (6-3-1) are tied for second and Palo Alto (5-2-3) is in fourth.
So no wonder Spartans coach Ivan Bandov called today’s home game against the Eagles – scheduled 3:30 p.m. – “a big one to say the least.” The winner will sit atop the standings with two games to play.
Mountain View (8-2-4 overall) last week beat the two other teams in contention. The Spartans defeated visiting Los Gatos 2-0 Feb. 5 and edged host Palo Alto 2-1 Friday. Morgan Matthews and Ysabel Baluyot scored against Los Gatos; Danna Weintraub produced both goals versus Paly.
Los Altos is also coming off a two-win week. The Eagles (8-3-3 overall) squeaked by host Monta Vista 1-0 Feb. 5 and routed visiting Saratoga 3-0 Friday.
Allie Crum scored twice against Saratoga on free kicks and assisted on the goal against Monta Vista with a corner kick that Julia Goupil headed into the net. Stephanie Kouvelas made Los Altos’ other goal last week, a 35-yard shot versus Saratoga.
In the West Catholic Athletic League, St. Francis (7-3-1) can’t catch first-place Valley Christian (9-2) with only one game left in the regular season, but the Lancers can overtake Mitty (7-1-3) for second place. The teams are slated to meet 7 p.m. today at St. Francis.
The Lancers (12-4 overall) last week clipped host Presentation 2-1 on goals by Megan Keeth and Carson Cali.
With two losses last week – the first via forfeit – Pinewood entered this final week of the regular season in jeopardy of finishing last in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. If that happens, the Panthers would drop back into the Skyline Division next season, “something that we wanted to avoid at all costs,” coach Michael Tetzlaff said.
The forfeit loss to Menlo Feb. 4 – due to a lack of players – and Thursday’s 3-1 setback to Woodside Priory put Pinewood at 2-8 in the division, 3-15 overall.
Mountain View’s De Anza Division title hopes took a hit with last week’s 3-0 loss at first-place Los Gatos. The second-place Spartans (7-2) – who bounced back Friday with a 2-1 home win over Palo Alto – need some help to catch the Wildcats (9-0-1) with only a week left in league play.
Mountain View (13-3-1 overall) beat Paly on goals by Logan Allen and Brad Bumgarner.
The Spartans are set to visit rival Los Altos 3:30 p.m. today.
The Eagles (3-5-1 division, 6-9-2 overall) shut out Saratoga 2-0 Friday on the road.
St. Francis routed Riordan 3-0 Friday, raising its record to 6-3-3 in the WCAL and 8-3-5 overall.
Pinewood exacted revenge on Sacred Heart Prep – which beat the Panthers in overtime last month – by edging the Gators in OT last week.
Visiting Pinewood prevailed 60-58 on Aidan Lucero’s 3-pointer at the buzzer Feb. 4. Nathan Beak took an inbound pass with four seconds left and quickly got the ball to Lucero, who made the catch-and-shoot basket.
“(It was) one of the better basketball sequences I’ve witnessed as a head coach,” Pinewood’s Mani Messy said.
Beak and Greg Naumann paced the Panthers with 13 points each; Lucero added 11.
Naumann led Pinewood (17-3 overall) in Friday’s 48-34 win at Eastside Prep with 10 points.
The Panthers are in a first-place tie with Sacred Heart at 9-1.
Mountain View rallied in the second half to defeat Los Gatos 40-36 Feb. 5 in De Anza Division play. The host Spartans, down nine at halftime, outscored the Wildcats 26-13 the rest of the way.
John McAlister paced Mountain View with eight points.
The Spartans followed that win with a 50-38 setback at Milpitas Friday, dropping them to 3-6 in the De Anza and 7-14 overall.
Host St. Francis (3-8 WCAL) beat Bellarmine 51-41 Friday behind Curtis Witt’s 17 points.
Pinewood ensured itself at least a share of the WBAL Foothill Division title with Friday’s 40-32 victory at Eastside Prep.
With two league games left, the Panthers are 8-0; Eastside is 6-2, with both losses to Pinewood.
The Panthers (21-1 overall) received 10 points each from Leanna Bade, Marissa Hing and Monique McDevitt Friday. McDevitt scored a team-high 12 points in Pinewood’s 69-43 pasting of Sacred Heart Prep Feb. 4.
St. Francis led Presentation at the end of the first three quarters of Thursday’s WCAL game, but not the fourth. The visiting Panthers outscored the Lancers 13-6 to prevail 52-47.
The defeat dropped St. Francis to 6-4 in league, 14-8 overall.
Mountain View won both its games last week, moving to 4-5 in the De Anza Division and 12-8 overall. The Spartans followed a 48-42 win at Los Gatos Feb. 4 with a 50-24 road rout of Milpitas Friday.
Los Altos senior Zoe Morgan (143 pounds) finished fifth at last weekend’s CCS girls tournament.