Healthier MV boys team shoots for soccer playoffs

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Mountain View High’s Aaron Walters leaps over Los Altos High’s Nick Fletcher.

Beset by injuries last season, the Mountain View High boys soccer team missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. The Spartans have enjoyed better health this year, and coach Jim McGuirk is optimistic about their chances of returning to the postseason.

“It’s going to be hard – the teams in our league are pretty even – but I think we’re capable of finishing in the top three,” he said. “That’s our goal.”

Mtn. View High girls soccer team builds chemistry on and off the field

Allie Montoya
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Mountain View High freshman forward Allie Montoya controls the ball in last week’s game against Los Altos.

Although smoky skies prevented the Mountain View High girls soccer team from practicing for nine days last month, it didn’t stop the Spartans from improving before their season kicked off.

Most of those days, coach Ivan Bandov gathered his girls indoors for tactical discussions and to play icebreaker games.

Immediate impact

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Tufts sophomore Sophie Lloyd, front, battles a player for position in a recent game. She scored a team-high 10 goals this season.

Sophie Lloyd’s first season on the Tufts University women’s soccer team was, as her coach put it, “successful.”

That might be an understatement.

MV freshman Montoya on U.S. national team that claims soccer title

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Allie Montoya of Los Altos plays in a game for the U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team at last month’s CONCACAF tournament in Florida.

Local soccer standout Allie Montoya helped a young American squad win the Girls U-15 CONCACAF championship last month in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team beat Mexico 3-0 on penalty kicks in the Aug. 13 final.

Montoya, a forward who is a freshman at Mountain View High, was among 18 players selected for the national squad. Most of the players on the other teams in the tournament were born in 2003; the U.S. roster included 14 players born in 2004 and four in 2005, according to a U.S. Soccer press release.

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