Hills native Jones aspires to help SCU go further in playoffs next season

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Los Altos Hills native Sofia Jones, a defender, recently helped the Santa Clara University women’s soccer team reach the third round of the NCAA playoffs.

Sofia Jones’ soccer season didn’t end the way she hoped – her Santa Clara University women’s team was eliminated in the third round of the NCAA playoffs – but the Los Altos Hills native is optimistic about the Broncos’ chances of advancing further next fall.

“My main goal is for the team next year to win the national championship,” said Jones, a junior. “This year we made it to the top 16, but we lost to USC in that round (1-0), which was disappointing. Still, it’s hopeful because it shows that we’re getting closer to titles, so hopefully that will happen.”

Foothill men's soccer team reaches state semis

The Foothill College men’s soccer program has tasted success over the years, with five state titles to its credit, but the last time the Owls made the California Community College Athletic Association state semifinals was 2013.

So it’s no wonder Foothill athletic director Mike Teijeiro is proud of the Owls for making it to the state final four this year; they fell 3-1 to top-ranked Mt. San Antonio College in the Dec. 7 semifinals at nearby De Anza College. Teijeiro described the season as a “success,” as Foothill went 16-2-5 under new head coach Mike Sharabi. The Owls ranked seventh in the nation, according to a United Soccer Coaches Association poll released Dec. 10.

Magellan replaces Marques as boys soccer coach at Los Altos

Officially, this is Roberto Magellan’s first season as Los Altos High’s varsity boys soccer coach. But technically, he also held the job 20 years ago – albeit briefly.

In 1999, Magellan took over for Vava Marques for three weeks when he went out of town. This time, he’s replacing Marques on a permanent basis. After 21 years as coach, Marques resigned in October; Magellan was hired this month.

Local AYSO under-16 boys team claims national crown in Hawaii

Courtesy of Brian Eugeni
An under-16 team from AYSO Region 45 commemorates its national title. Front row, from left: Hauke Rehwald, Omar Acosta, David Garcia, Taaran Chohan, Govanny Pena, Fabian Callejas, Lance Villamor, Ajeet Chohan and Julius Baur. Back: Coach Brian Eugeni, Wesley Ip, Ezra Tock, Remy Briens, Findlay Ciesla, Erik Flores, Jaren Figueiredo, Eike Rehwald and coach Walter Grayeski.

A local AYSO team recently returned from the American Youth Soccer Organization National Games in Oahu, Hawaii, as champion of its division. The under-16 boys team went undefeated in the weeklong event.

Brian Eugeni and Walter Greyski served as co-head coaches of the squad from AYSO Region 45, which primarily serves Mountain View and south Los Altos.

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