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.

Allie goes national

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Eighth-grader Allie Montoya ranks among the best soccer players in her age group.

When Allie Montoya’s parents sat her down for a talk, the 13-year-old thought she was grounded.

They actually had good news to share – Allie had been selected for the Under-14 Girls U.S. Youth National Soccer Team training camp – but they didn’t start with that. Albertin and Erin Montoya had a little fun first.

Locals go international

Courtesy of Nick Fletcher
Members of the Palo Alto Soccer Club’s 00/01 boys team, wearing white, greet opposing players at a Gothia Cup game in Sweden.

Six local teens spent nearly two weeks in Sweden last month, but they weren’t there to take in the sights.

“It was mostly soccer,” said Los Altos resident Jakob Motogawa, a member of the Palo Alto Soccer Club’s 00/01 boys team. “We walked around to get food and stuff, but we didn’t get to be tourists and see buildings and things like that.”

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