MVLA honors college-bound soccer players


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Members of the MVLA Soccer Club who have committed to colleges include, from left, Natalie Brehaut, Audrey Carr, Grace Descourouez, Michelle Feinberg, Natasha Harris, Karissa Hayes, Sofia Jones, Lia Kilgore, Maddie Neidig, Mira Nepomuceno, Emily Pye, Brenda Uribe, Olivia Weeks and Quinne Woolley.

Nearly 100 people filled the Los Altos Youth Center Feb. 12 to celebrate the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club’s class of 2017 college commits.

The 16 seniors who have signed National Letters of Intent include 10 from local high schools: Emily Pye (University of San Francisco) and Quinne Woolley (Whitman College) of Los Altos; Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State), Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego) and Maddie Neidig (McNeese State) of Mountain View; Sofia Jones (Santa Clara University), Mira Nepomuceno (DePaul University) and Annika Opsasnick (Cornell University) of St. Francis; and Olivia Weeks (Oberlin College) of Homestead High. All of them have committed to play soccer except for Opsasnick (track and field).

Coach cites St. Francis seniors' leadership as key to soccer team's success this season


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St. Francis High’s Mira Nepomuceno is one of six seniors on the soccer team, which sits in first place in the WCAL.

Based on its sparkling 12-3-2 record and first-place standing in the ultracompetitive West Catholic Athletic League, the St. Francis High girls soccer team isn’t short on strengths. But one attribute stands out from the rest, according to coach Dawn Hill.

“It’s the senior class and how well they have made the team come together,” she said. “This is probably the closest team we’ve had my whole time here.”

Spartans sign on the dotted line


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Five seniors on the Mountain View High girls soccer team signed National Letters of Intent last week. Signees, from left, include Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego), Maddie Neidig (McNeese State), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State) and Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College).

Five seniors on the Mountain View High girls soccer team signed National Letters of Intent with colleges Feb. 1 at a ceremony held on campus.

Signees included Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego), Maddie Neidig (McNeese State), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State) and Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College). Spartans sign on the dotted line Shawn Descourouez/Special to the Town Crier Five seniors on the Mountain View High girls soccer team signed National Letters of Intent last week. Signees, from left, include Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego), Maddie Neidig (McNeese State), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State) and Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College).

LA makes smooth transition to upper division


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Los Altos High senior Albin Moellerstedt serves as the Eagles’ team captain.

If the transition from the El Camino Division to the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League wasn’t already difficult enough, try making the ascent with a dramatically different squad.

That’s what the Los Altos High boys soccer team, which graduated 13 players last spring, is going through this season.


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