Spartans, Lancers eliminated on PKs

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Mountain View High’s Lucy Tang, shown passing, said her Spartans failed to finish several chances in their NorCal loss.

Playing less than 2 miles apart, the girls soccer teams from Mountain View and St. Francis highs suffered similar fates March 6. Both squads lost Northern California playoff games on penalty kicks, despite creating several more chances than their opponents.

Host Mountain View played Granite Bay to a 1-1 tie before falling 4-2 on penalty kicks. Meanwhile, St. Francis lost 4-3 on PKs to visiting Woodland after the teams were tied at 2 at the end of regulation and overtime.

SF girls win CCS DI soccer title as 10th seed

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Courtney Mathisen, controlling the ball against Homestead in the CCS semifinals, scored a goal in Saturday’s title game.

A month ago, St. Francis High girls soccer coach Dawn Hill wasn’t sure her Lancers would make the Central Coast Section playoffs, let alone win a championship. But there they were Saturday – celebrating a 2-0 win over Woodside in the Division I final at Valley Christian.

“That was fun,” said Hill, whose 10th-seeded squad scored a goal in each half against No. 1 Woodside.

Mtn. View girls fall 1-0 to Mitty in CCS soccer final

Mother Nature didn’t do the Mountain View High girls soccer team any favors Friday.

A case could be made that the rain prior to Friday night’s Central Coast Section Open Division final – and drizzle during the match at Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw Field – played a role in the Spartans’ 1-0 loss to Mitty.

Tang's 2 goals lead MV girls past Presentation & into CCS semis

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Mountain View High’s Lucy Tang, right, celebrates with teammate Ava Coan after scoring the first of two goals Saturday.

Of all the coaching decisions Ivan Bandov has made in recent years to help the Mountain View High girls soccer team remain among the best in the state, perhaps none of them trumps moving Lucy Tang to forward this season.

She scored both goals in the Spartans’ 2-0 home win over Presentation Saturday in the Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals. That gives Tang a team-high 21 goals for the year.

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