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 coach Jim McGuirk called the Feb. 26 home match a “very tough loss.”
The Spartans – whose 16-3-1 regular-season record ranks second only to last year’s 16-2-3 mark – were unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities against Hill (12-2-6).
“We had so many chances,” McGuirk said. “(We hit) two posts, (there were) numerous acrobatic saves by the goalie and even one cleared off the line by their defense.”
The Falcons proved more fortunate, scoring three long-range goals that McGuirk described as “pretty spectacular shots.”
The first one came early in the first half for a 1-0 lead.
Mountain View soon evened the score on a boot by senior midfielder Josue Aguilar – set up by a corner kick – but Hill put in another goal for a 2-1 halftime lead.
The Falcons extended their advantage approximately 10 minutes into the second half.
The Spartans went into attack mode, answering with a goal by striker Brad Bumgarner midway through the half.
The Sacramento State-bound senior totaled a team-record 25 goals this year, despite missing five games with an injury. McGuirk called Bumgarner “the best goal scorer this school and possibly this entire area has ever seen.”
He is one of eight starters Mountain View will lose to graduation this year. McGuirk, in his 25th year as coach, said this might be the best senior class he’s had in terms of overall success.
The Spartans finished second to Los Gatos this season in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and won the title last year.
The Spartans were also seeded fifth in CCS last year, losing in the quarterfinals to Alvarez.
Lancers lose on the road
The CCS Division I playoffs were a one-and-done experience for the St. Francis boys. The 13th-seeded Lancers (13-3-5) lost 2-0 at No. 4 Mt. Pleasant in opening-round action Feb. 26.
After a scoreless first half, Mt. Pleasant (7-5-6) went ahead on a goal with 25 minutes to play and added another 10 minutes later.