Spartans sink Mariners, meet Lancers next in CCS

The Mountain View High girls soccer team moved a step closer to getting back to the Central Coast Section Open Division final by routing Aptos 5-0 Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Mountain View High soccer
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Mountain View High’s Bethan Parry scored two goals in Saturday’s playoff win over Aptos.

“We put everything out there,” said senior Bethan Parry, who scored two goals in the match. “We were really pumped before the game and we were all just really motivated and had each other’s back throughout the whole game.”

Eagles take title

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Los Altos High’s Hannah Wendelken scored all three goals in last week’s win over Gunn. It was her second hat trick of the season.

The Los Altos High girls not only avenged an earlier loss to the soccer team that beat them the first time around in league, but they also took sole ownership of first place with last week’s 3-0 win over Gunn.

The host Eagles scored twice in the first half and added an insurance goal midway through the second half of the Feb. 14 game. Los Altos’ dominant defense did the rest, turning away the Titans time after time.

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.”

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