The Los Altos High boys soccer team had enough points to make the playoffs, but the administration didn’t allow the Eagles to apply due to an on-field incident last week.
A player received a red card (ejection) for a slide tackle against Palo Alto Feb. 13, according to coach Vava Marques, prompting Principal Wynne Satterwhite and athletic director Michelle Noeth to withhold the team’s playoff application. It was the third time this season a Los Altos player had been ejected from a game, Marques said, and the team had been warned about such behavior prior to last week’s incident.
“It’s kind of tough, and I feel for the players – especially the seniors – but there are protocols for behavior and how we represent the school,” Marques said. “It’s the school’s decision, and I accept it.”
In a letter sent to team parents Thursday, Satterwhite cited “some acts that did not represent our expectations of Los Altos athletes” as the reason for “terminating the boys soccer season.”
Los Altos lost the game to Palo Alto 2-0, finishing 4-5-3 in the De Anza Division and 7-5-7 overall.