Two MVLA soccer teams headed to nationals this week

A pair of teams from the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club have qualified for the national semifinals.

MVLA 04G Barcelona ECNL and MVLA 05B Pumas NPL are scheduled to begin play in the final four of their respective age groups this week.

Mountain View High hires Panos to coach varsity girls soccer team

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Jeff Panos, shown coaching the boys soccer team at Serra High, is the new girls soccer coach at Mountain View High, where he also teaches AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science.

When Jeff Panos left his position as boys soccer coach at Serra High after the 2017-18 season, he planned to take a break from being a head coach. After serving as an assistant coach for Mountain View High’s varsity boys team last season, however, he changed his mind.

“I told myself I would only take on a new endeavor if the fit was absolutely eye-popping to me,” said Panos, a head coach for 20 years. “Mountain View girls (soccer) is something that I’ve always been aware of because of their success. And as I was assisting Jim (McGuirk) this past year, I would look over from the sideline and kind of see how they were doing ... and I thought to myself, ‘You know, this would be a really good fit if the door opened.’”

Local resident scores winner for Menlo girls in soccer final

Courtesy of the El-Fishawy family
Menlo High sophomore Stella El-Fishawy, right, outruns two defenders for the ball.

Los Altos resident Stella El-Fishawy couldn’t have chosen a better game to score her lone goal of the postseason.

Three minutes into the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer final, the sophomore made what proved to be the game-winning goal in Menlo School’s 1-0 victory over Christopher Feb. 23 at Fremont High.

Overtime goal sinks Spartans in NorCal final

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Mountain View’s Isabella Walker, left, races St. Francis-Sacramento’s Marli Berry for the ball in Saturday’s NorCal final.

For 80 minutes, shots were scarce in Saturday’s Northern California Division II girls soccer final between host Mountain View High and St. Francis of Sacramento. Then, less than two minutes into overtime, the visiting Troubadours broke the scoreless tie with a golden goal from Lindsey Piatanesi.

As her teammates piled on the forward in celebration, the Spartans stood stunned.

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