Burlingame's long shot ends Mountain View's soccer season

Isabella Walker
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Mountain View High forward Isabella Walker heads the ball in last week’s NorCal Division I quarterfinal game against Burlingame. The Spartans lost 1-0.

The top-seeded Mountain View High girls soccer team had more scoring chances in last week’s Northern California Division III quarterfinal match, but No. 8 Burlingame had the one that mattered most.

The visiting Panthers scored the game’s lone goal with approximately 10 minutes left in the first half – and it came on a long-range shot from defender Ella Macko.

Spartans shut out Sobrato in DI final

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The Mountain View High girls soccer team is all smiles after winning the CCS Division I title.

The manner in which the Mountain View High girls soccer team dominated Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I final showed it belonged – in the CCS Open Division.

The Spartans, who missed joining the Open’s elite eight by half of a point, shut out Ann Sobrato of Morgan Hill 3-0 in Saturday’s Division I championship game at Del Mar in San Jose.

Spartans finding their groove

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Mountain View High’s Isabella Walker, right, pursues the ball, with Los Altos High’s Raquel Susko close behind her in a recent league game between the rival schools. Walker, a sophomore, notched four goals and four assists through 17 games this season.

Although the Mountain View High girls soccer team won’t be in first place when the season ends – snapping a six-year run as SCVAL De Anza Division champion – the Spartans still seem to be in a good place as the playoffs approach.

“It’s kind of disappointing,” said sophomore Isabella Walker, whose team can finish no higher than second to Los Gatos. “But we’ve grown so much this season. I’m proud of how far we’ve come.”

SF girls soccer team focuses on finishing strong

Until Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Mitty, there hadn’t been a stingier girls soccer team in the West Catholic Athletic League than St. Francis High. Posting 10 shutouts over their 15 matches, the Lancers had allowed just 0.53 goals per game on average.

The four goals allowed Saturday were the most St. Francis has surrendered all season, but coach Dawn Hill didn’t seem overly concerned with that. She noted that the Lancers were not at full strength, yet still stayed with the first-place Monarchs most of the way. St. Francis tied the game at 1 early in the second half and trailed 3-2 until Mitty scored an insurance goal with time running out.

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