Mountain View boys finally getting healthy after injury-riddled start to soccer season

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Mountain View High’s Winston Shustock pursues the ball in Friday’s game against Fremont.

Reinforcements are on the way for the Mountain View High boys soccer team, depleted by injuries this season. Coach Jim McGuirk said he expects several players back on the field this week.

But will they be returning soon enough to help the Spartans make a playoff push?

Eagles overcome injuries & inexperience to start season strong

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Los Altos High soccer player Luke Wangsness attempts to corral the ball.

Coach Vava Marques views his Los Altos High boys soccer team as a work in progress. That work has been slowed by injuries, yet the Eagles continue to look like playoff contenders.

“We’re still getting better, which is a good thing,” said Marques, whose team is off to a 5-2-2 start. “I see a lot of potential, for sure.”

Mtn. View continues to dominate the pitch as Los Altos girls try to find their footing

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Mountain View High’s Sydney Arrillaga heads the ball against Los Altos last week.

It took the Los Altos High girls soccer team just one game to see how much better the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division is than the SCVAL El Camino Division it won last season.

The newly promoted Eagles opened against reigning De Anza Division champion Mountain View, which routed them 8-0 Jan. 3.

Jaye finds a way

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Stanford University’s Jaye Boissiere, left, tries to keep the ball away from a UCLA defender in the NCAA women’s soccer final. The Los Altos Hills native scored the winning goal in the match.

Stanford University soccer player Jaye Boissiere said there was a point in her college career where she was asked to consider medical retirement. Two years in, the Los Altos Hills native had played in only one game due to injuries and then missed more than half of last season.

Boissiere stuck with it, however, and the Stanford women probably wouldn’t be national champions if she hadn’t.

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