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Woodside spoils Spartans' bid for unbeaten season in girls soccer

After playing 21 games without a loss, the Mountain View High girls soccer team met its match the last day of the season. Woodside squeaked by the Spartans 1-0 Friday to win the Central Coast Section Open Division final at Santa Clara University’s Stevens Stadium.

The Wildcats scored in the 59th minute, the first goal allowed by Mountain View since Jan. 9 and only the fourth all season.

Ng's PK sends Spartans to semis

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Mountain View High’s Rachel Ng made the game-winning penalty kick in Saturday’s playoff win over St. Francis.

The penalty may not have been clear-cut, but there was no doubting who would take the potentially game-winning shot for the Mountain View High girls soccer team in Saturday’s playoff quarterfinal against St. Francis.

The only choice was Rachel Ng, a senior who’s been taking and making penalty kicks for the Spartans since last season. The defender came through once again, drilling the 12-yard shot past one of the best goalies in the Central Coast Section to break a scoreless tie with less than two minutes left.

Los Altos boys finish a point shy of title but make CCS for first time in four years

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Los Altos High’s Lars Joehnk scored a goal in last week’s win over Monta Vista.

In soccer, it’s possible to be the only undefeated team in league and still not claim the championship. Just ask the Eagles.

The Los Altos High boys had to settle for second place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division this season despite a 9-0-3 mark.

MV's McGuirk named CCS honor coach

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Mountain View High boys soccer Jim McGuirk talks strategy with his players during halftime of a recent game.

Not only was Jim McGuirk pleasantly surprised to win a 2015-16 Central Coast Section Winter Sports Honor Coach Award – the Mountain View High boys soccer coach only recently discovered he was even nominated.

“I did not know about it until right at the end,” McGuirk said last week. “My athletic director (Shelley Smith) and principal (Dave Grissom) nominated me early in the year without telling me and then I found out a couple of weeks ago, right before the coaches voted.”

MV regains league lead in girls soccer

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Mountain View High senior forward Ysa Baluyot, dribbling, earned an assist in Friday’s 2-0 win over host Palo Alto.

With its league title hopes slipping away after tying Saratoga, the Mountain View High girls soccer team found its footing Friday.

The defending champion Spartans climbed to the top of the standings in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division with a 2-0 win at Palo Alto, which had not lost all season.

Youthful Spartans may be rebuilding, but they're striving for CCS playoffs

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Mountain View High goalie Tag Wilson has four shutouts this season.

In his 27th season, Mountain View High’s Jim McGuirk is among the most experienced boys soccer coaches in the Central Coast Section. This year’s team, however, is among the least experienced he’s coached.

“We lost 17 players from last year’s roster – 10 to graduation and seven for various other reasons,” McGuirk said. “So for the first time in a long time, I truly have a brand-new, rebuilding team.”


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