Those who envied the girls soccer teams from Mountain View and St. Francis highs for landing the top seeds in the Central Coast Section Division I and II playoffs, respectively, probably aren’t doing so anymore.
The Spartans (10-3-6 overall) and Lancers (14-6-1) were both upset in Saturday’s quarterfinals by teams seeded eighth in their divisions. Mountain View lost 1-0 to Santa Teresa (11-6-5), while St. Francis fell by the same score – in overtime – to St. Ignatius (13-5-5).
Mountain View’s Ivan Bandov said Saturday’s loss at Westmont may have been the toughest of his 10-year coaching career. Santa Teresa scored with five minutes to play on a free kick, which Bandov believes was only the team’s second shot on goal all day.
“I was just sad for the girls who worked hard all season, and for it to come down to one play like that was tough to swallow,” said the coach, whose squad won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and last lost Dec. 14. “Everyone was sad and emotional after the match because no one wanted it to end. It’s tough saying goodbye to the seniors who were such a big part of the Mountain View program the last four years.”
St. Francis took a tough loss as well. The host Lancers played fellow West Catholic Athletic League team St. Ignatius to a scoreless tie until the second 10-minute overtime.
St. Francis, which tied Mitty for second place in the WCAL, advanced to the CCS final last season.
Eagles eliminated by Mitty
The Los Altos girls faced a formidable foe in the opening round of the Division II playoffs – a Mitty team the Eagles upset in last year’s semifinals.
The visiting Monarchs got their revenge last week, edging the Eagles 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-all tie in regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.
Seventh-seeded Los Altos scored first – 10 minutes into the second half – on midfielder Allie Crum’s shot into the right side of the net. Reanna Murthy assisted on the goal.
No. 10 Mitty responded with seven minutes remaining when Amaya Zabalza fired a shot past Los Altos goalie Carrie Wendelken.
The Eagles (9-5-4) had a few good chances to break the tie in the second overtime, according to Crum, including her shot on goal that deflected off a defender.
“We were really close,” she said.
Next came penalty kicks. Crum shot first, but Mitty goalie Brooke Lisowski – who is a teammate of hers in club soccer – made the save. Freshmen Hannah Wendelken (Carrie’s sister) and Emily Pye got their shots past Lisowski.
After making three PKs in a row, Mitty (15-5-4) won the match on Michelle Stack’s shot.
Not the way Los Altos – the defending CCS champ – expected to conclude a season in which it finished a close second to rival Mountain View in the challenging Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.
While acknowledging it was tough way to end it, Crum said, “We had a great season.”
The Eagles will lose five players to graduation: Paige Eller, Julia Goupil, Sophia Hyver, Haleigh Miller and Katie Winters.
“We’re going to miss our seniors so much,” said Crum, a junior.