Admin prevents LA boys soccer team from applying for CCS

The Los Altos High boys soccer team had enough points to make the playoffs, but the administration didn’t allow the Eagles to apply due to an on-field incident last week.

A player received a red card (ejection) for a slide tackle against Palo Alto Feb. 13, according to coach Vava Marques, prompting Principal Wynne Satterwhite and athletic director Michelle Noeth to withhold the team’s playoff application. It was the third time this season a Los Altos player had been ejected from a game, Marques said, and the team had been warned about such behavior prior to last week’s incident.

Montoya commits to Cardinal

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Mountain View High’s Allie Montoya, playing against Los Altos earlier this season, has verbally committed to Stanford.

As high school seniors everywhere anxiously await college acceptance letters, there’s a freshman at Mountain View High who has already determined her destination. Soccer standout Allie Montoya verbally committed to Stanford University Jan. 23.

“It’s kind of a relief,” the 15-year-old said. “I’m super excited.”

Los Altos girls soccer team finds success under new coach

Marcos Giovannoni
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Los Altos coach Marcos Giovannoni talks strategy with player Kayla Brinkman.

Under new coach Marcos Giovannoni, the Los Altos High girls soccer team has recovered nicely from last year’s two-win season.

The Eagles entered this week atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division with a 9-1 record.

Eagles need strong finish to make section playoffs

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Los Altos High senior Harry Allen, surrounded by Mountain View players Jan. 4, scored the game-tying goal in last week’s rematch.

The Central Coast Section soccer playoffs are only two weeks away, and the Los Altos High boys find themselves in a tenuous position when it comes to earning an invitation.

With four games left in the regular season, the Eagles are amid a crowded field of teams vying for one of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division’s three automatic playoff berths. While only three of the seven teams in the division have more wins than the two Los Altos has, the Eagles sit in sixth place due to the four losses and two ties on their record.

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