The MVLA Wolves, a Women’s Premier Soccer League team featuring local players, qualified for last month’s Pac-North playoffs after finishing fourth in the North Division of the Pacific Conference.
The Wolves – playing their inaugural season – faced the top-seeded California Storm (Sacramento) in the first round and fell 6-1. The July 15 game was played in 102-degree weather in Sacramento.
Los Altos High graduate Albertin Montoya, a former professional player, coached the Wolves.
The roster featured several recent graduates of area high schools – including Allie Coyne, Natasha Harris and Karissa Hayes from Mountain View High’s 2017 Central Coast Section Open Division championship team – along with college players who also developed through the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club. Alums of Los Altos and St. Francis highs played with the Wolves as well.
Hayes’ mom, Kirsten, the club’s community development coordinator, said this season “really was a start-up year” for the Wolves. The roster was like a revolving door, with people coming and going throughout the season due to conflicts that Hayes said included school (graduations and college training), work and national team duties. It also was a challenge to find fields for practice and games, she added.
Still, “it was great to get the team started and learn a lot for the future,” Hayes said.
For more information on the Wolves, visit wpsl.info and click “Teams” to find their web page.