Perfect Spartans face Paly today in girls soccer

The Mountain View High girls soccer team continues to dominate the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, shutting out Saratoga 4-0 and Santa Clara 5-0 last week to remain undefeated.

This week, the Spartans face perhaps the biggest obstacle in their quest to repeat as league champs. In what coach Ivan Bandov called a “big game for us,” Mountain View is scheduled to host Palo Alto 3:30 p.m. today. The Spartans (5-0 league, 13-0 overall) are two points ahead of the Vikings (4-0-1, 8-2-1), the league runner-up last year.

Mountain View forward Lucy Tang enters the game on a scoring tear, producing five goals last week. Bethan Parry totaled three assists. Goalie Renee Landa has three shutouts in her last four games.

Morgan Ketas scored both goals in St. Francis’ 2-0 win at Sacred Heart Cathedral Saturday. Amanda Mickwee and Samantha Park earned assists for the Lancers (3-1-1 WCAL, 7-5-2 overall).

St. Francis got by visiting Valley Christian 1-0 two days prior, scoring on Courtney Mathisen’s unassisted goal in the second half.

Los Altos Friday dropped its third game in a row, 2-1 to visiting Homestead. Gillian Antiporda scored for the Eagles (0-4-1 De Anza Division, 2-7-1 overall).

Boys soccer

A second-half goal from Luke Wangsness, assisted by Ollie De Visser, lifted Los Altos to a 2-1 win at Homestead Friday. Ivan Amaya scored the Eagles’ initial goal, assisted by Vinay Patel in the first half.

Two days earlier, Los Altos beat Santa Clara 4-3 on a late goal by De Visser, assisted by Harry Allen. The teams were tied at 3 at halftime, with the Eagles scoring on shots by Tyler Goloubef, Allen and Wangsness.

Los Altos is 3-1-1 in the De Anza Division and 6-2-3 overall.


Mountain View, which this season resurrected its wrestling program after a three-decade hiatus, didn’t do as well as it hoped at the team’s initial home meet. The Spartans suffered their first dual-meet loss, falling 49-18 to Monta Vista Thursday night.

“It was hard-fought,” said Mountain View coach Francisco Hernandez, whose team dropped to 1-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division. “I think the pressure of the first home meet in 30 years and the amount of people that came to support (the team) got to the kids.”

The Spartans’ wins came from Andrew Pan (113 pounds), Jacob Dyer (126) and Teva Freitas (heavyweight).

Girls basketball

Jamie Baum scored a season-high 24 points as Los Altos edged Homestead 40-39 Friday. Rachel Lu added 10 points for the visiting Eagles (3-2 El Camino Division, 9-8 overall).

Earlier in the week, Los Altos held Saratoga to only two points in the fourth quarter but still lost 42-36. Baum paced the host Eagles with 15 points Jan. 16.

Mountain View fell behind 19-4 in the first quarter and never recovered Friday against Cupertino, which prevailed 54-28. The host Spartans slumped to 2-3 in the De Anza Division and 7-9 overall.

St. Francis proved no match for host Presentation, which routed the Lancers 44-37 Saturday in WCAL action. Mia Grizelj scored 11 points to lead St. Francis.

St. Francis opened the week by trouncing Terra Nova 73-36 at the MLK Shootout Jan. 15 at South San Francisco. Three Lancers scored in double figures: Amanda Inserra (13 points), Rachel Mc-Kenna (11) and Lydia Foust (10).

St. Francis entered this week 1-2 in league and 12-4 overall.

Pinewood steamrolled St. Joseph Notre Dame 64-31 Saturday at the Lamorinda Classic in Moraga. Hannah Jump scored 22 points and Brianna Claros added 15 for the Panthers (16-1 overall).

Earlier in the week, Pinewood shellacked Sacred Heart Prep 70-17 behind 21 points from Jump. Claros added 15 points for the host Panthers, up 44-10 at halftime. Pinewood went to 4-0 in the West Bay Athletic League.

Boys basketball

Fueled by a 23-10 fourth-quarter run, Los Altos rallied for a 62-56 win at Homestead Friday.

Two days earlier, Los Altos whipped Wilcox 65-30.

The Eagles are 4-1 in the De Anza Division and 11-6 overall.

Mountain View’s 14-7 run in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough to beat Cupertino, which held on for a 43-40 road win Friday. Sam Tobin and Manul Mosley scored 10 points each for the Spartans (2-3 De Anza Division, 11-6 overall).

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