Local resident scores winner for Menlo girls in soccer final

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Menlo High sophomore Stella El-Fishawy, right, outruns two defenders for the ball.

Los Altos resident Stella El-Fishawy couldn’t have chosen a better game to score her lone goal of the postseason.

Three minutes into the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer final, the sophomore made what proved to be the game-winning goal in Menlo School’s 1-0 victory over Christopher Feb. 23 at Fremont High.

Overtime goal sinks Spartans in NorCal final

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Mountain View’s Isabella Walker, left, races St. Francis-Sacramento’s Marli Berry for the ball in Saturday’s NorCal final.

For 80 minutes, shots were scarce in Saturday’s Northern California Division II girls soccer final between host Mountain View High and St. Francis of Sacramento. Then, less than two minutes into overtime, the visiting Troubadours broke the scoreless tie with a golden goal from Lindsey Piatanesi.

As her teammates piled on the forward in celebration, the Spartans stood stunned.

St. Ignatius shuts out Spartans in CCS Open Division semis

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Mountain View forward Allie Montoya heads the ball in last week’s CCS semifinal game against St. Ignatius.

No team in the Central Coast Section Open Division girls soccer playoffs scored more goals this season than top-seed Mountain View High, which racked up 57 before beating Burlingame 6-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, however, one squad found a way to stymie the Spartans’ high-octane offense.

No. 4 St. Ignatius shut out host Mountain View 2-0 Feb. 19, snapping the Spartans’ three-year streak of making the Open final.

Gunn girls soccer just misses CCS

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The Gunn team features five Los Altos Hills residents, including goalie Nicole Smith, right.

If finishing a half-point shy of a Central Coast Section playoff berth last year wasn’t hard enough for the Gunn High girls soccer team to swallow, just imagine how the Titans feel after missing CCS by a quarter of a point this season.

“The team was really disappointed and sad that we deserved to play but didn’t qualify,” said coach Juan Mayora, who has five Los Altos Hills residents on his squad.

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