Top seeds toppled: MV, SF girls soccer teams ousted in quarters

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Los Altos High goalie Carrie Wendelken makes a save against Mitty in last week’s CCS Division II playoff game. The host Eagles lost the match 1-0 on penalty kicks.

Those who envied the girls soccer teams from Mountain View and St. Francis highs for landing the top seeds in the Central Coast Section Division I and II playoffs, respectively, probably aren’t doing so anymore.

The Spartans (10-3-6 overall) and Lancers (14-6-1) were both upset in Saturday’s quarterfinals by teams seeded eighth in their divisions. Mountain View lost 1-0 to Santa Teresa (11-6-5), while St. Francis fell by the same score – in overtime – to St. Ignatius (13-5-5).


Mtn. View, St. Francis boys soccer teams make quick exits from playoffs

The second-best season in program history ended sooner than expected for the Mountain View High boys soccer team.

The fifth-seeded Spartans were stunned by No. 12 Andrew Hill 3-2 last week in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs.


Mountain View edges Los Altos for league title; both girls soccer teams advance to CCS playoffs

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Mountain View High’s Erica Higa, right, was one of five seniors honored before last week’s 1-0 win over visiting Saratoga.

Five ties would preclude most soccer teams from finishing first in league. But the Mountain View High girls overcame that by winning the rest of their games in the tight race for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title.

It took a win in their final regular-season game and a loss by rival Los Altos for the Spartans to claim the crown last week. Host Mountain View edged Saratoga 1-0 Feb. 19, while Los Altos fell 3-0 at Los Gatos.


MV, LA girls play to tie; league title still up for grabs

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Los Altos High’s Julia Goupil, left, and Mountain View’s Ysabel Baluyot battle for the ball in last week’s game, a scoreless tie.

Last week’s girls soccer game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs didn’t resolve anything – the Eagles and Spartans played to a scoreless tie – so today’s regular-season finales will settle the four-team battle for first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

Los Altos (6-1-3 league) and Palo Alto (6-2-3) entered Friday’s games – played after the Town Crier’s deadline – tied atop the division, while Mountain View (5-0-5) and Los Gatos (6-3-1) were close behind. The race is so tight that none of these teams could claim the crown Friday.


MVLA honors college-bound players Feb. 26

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club next week will honor 27 high school players who have committed to colleges, including six girls from Los Altos or Los Altos Hills.

MVLA’s annual College Signing Night event is scheduled 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Hillview Community Center in Los Altos.


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