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Coach cites St. Francis seniors' leadership as key to soccer team's success this season


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St. Francis High’s Mira Nepomuceno is one of six seniors on the soccer team, which sits in first place in the WCAL.

Based on its sparkling 12-3-2 record and first-place standing in the ultracompetitive West Catholic Athletic League, the St. Francis High girls soccer team isn’t short on strengths. But one attribute stands out from the rest, according to coach Dawn Hill.

“It’s the senior class and how well they have made the team come together,” she said. “This is probably the closest team we’ve had my whole time here.”

Spartans sign on the dotted line


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Five seniors on the Mountain View High girls soccer team signed National Letters of Intent last week. Signees, from left, include Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego), Maddie Neidig (McNeese State), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State) and Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College).

Five seniors on the Mountain View High girls soccer team signed National Letters of Intent with colleges Feb. 1 at a ceremony held on campus.

Signees included Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego), Maddie Neidig (McNeese State), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State) and Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College). Spartans sign on the dotted line Shawn Descourouez/Special to the Town Crier Five seniors on the Mountain View High girls soccer team signed National Letters of Intent last week. Signees, from left, include Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego), Maddie Neidig (McNeese State), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State) and Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College).

LA makes smooth transition to upper division


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Los Altos High senior Albin Moellerstedt serves as the Eagles’ team captain.

If the transition from the El Camino Division to the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League wasn’t already difficult enough, try making the ascent with a dramatically different squad.

That’s what the Los Altos High boys soccer team, which graduated 13 players last spring, is going through this season.

Eagles' extra effort on Saturdays may play a role in team's undefeated start in division


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Quinne Woolley is part of Los Altos High’s formidable senior-laden backline.

The Los Altos High girls soccer team’s success is not only due to how the Eagles have performed in league games on Tuesdays and Thursdays; it may have just as much to do with their efforts on Saturdays.

“We have optional practices Saturday mornings, and more than half the girls show up,” coach Eric Madrigal said. “It shows they want to get better.”


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