SF girls soccer team focuses on finishing strong

Until Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Mitty, there hadn’t been a stingier girls soccer team in the West Catholic Athletic League than St. Francis High. Posting 10 shutouts over their 15 matches, the Lancers had allowed just 0.53 goals per game on average.

The four goals allowed Saturday were the most St. Francis has surrendered all season, but coach Dawn Hill didn’t seem overly concerned with that. She noted that the Lancers were not at full strength, yet still stayed with the first-place Monarchs most of the way. St. Francis tied the game at 1 early in the second half and trailed 3-2 until Mitty scored an insurance goal with time running out.

Hills native Jones aspires to help SCU go further in playoffs next season

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Los Altos Hills native Sofia Jones, a defender, recently helped the Santa Clara University women’s soccer team reach the third round of the NCAA playoffs.

Sofia Jones’ soccer season didn’t end the way she hoped – her Santa Clara University women’s team was eliminated in the third round of the NCAA playoffs – but the Los Altos Hills native is optimistic about the Broncos’ chances of advancing further next fall.

“My main goal is for the team next year to win the national championship,” said Jones, a junior. “This year we made it to the top 16, but we lost to USC in that round (1-0), which was disappointing. Still, it’s hopeful because it shows that we’re getting closer to titles, so hopefully that will happen.”

Foothill men's soccer team reaches state semis

The Foothill College men’s soccer program has tasted success over the years, with five state titles to its credit, but the last time the Owls made the California Community College Athletic Association state semifinals was 2013.

So it’s no wonder Foothill athletic director Mike Teijeiro is proud of the Owls for making it to the state final four this year; they fell 3-1 to top-ranked Mt. San Antonio College in the Dec. 7 semifinals at nearby De Anza College. Teijeiro described the season as a “success,” as Foothill went 16-2-5 under new head coach Mike Sharabi. The Owls ranked seventh in the nation, according to a United Soccer Coaches Association poll released Dec. 10.

Magellan replaces Marques as boys soccer coach at Los Altos

Officially, this is Roberto Magellan’s first season as Los Altos High’s varsity boys soccer coach. But technically, he also held the job 20 years ago – albeit briefly.

In 1999, Magellan took over for Vava Marques for three weeks when he went out of town. This time, he’s replacing Marques on a permanent basis. After 21 years as coach, Marques resigned in October; Magellan was hired this month.

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