If the Mountain View High girls soccer team claims the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title, the Spartans may want to send a thank-you note to Homestead.
The fourth-place Mustangs helped them out by stunning host Palo Alto 1-0 Feb. 7. That result, coupled with Mountain View’s 5-0 rout of Saratoga Friday, enabled the Spartans to move ahead of the Vikings in the race for first place.
Mountain View (9-1 league, 17-1 overall) enters today’s showdown at Paly (8-1-1, 12-3-1) with a two-point lead. If the Spartans win, they clinch the league crown. If they tie the Vikings, who edged them 2-1 last month, then host Mountain View needs to beat last-place Los Altos (0-8-2, 2-11-2) in Friday’s regular-season finale to secure the title.
“With league on the line, this will be a CCS final-like atmosphere that will help prepare us for playoffs,” Spartans coach Ivan Bandov said of today’s match, set for 3:30 p.m. “The girls are excited for this game, and it should be a terrific match.”
St. Francis settled for a pair of ties last week, putting its record at 3-4-2 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 8-8-3 overall.
The Lancers played host Presentation to a scoreless tie Feb. 7, then tied host Valley Christian 2-2 Saturday. Bella Schou assisted on both St. Francis goals, scored by Samantha Park and Katie Bocian, respectively.
Ollie De Visser recorded a goal and an assist in Los Altos’ 2-0 home victory over Homestead Friday. De Visser scored in the first half, assisted by Tyler Goloubef, and assisted on Tommy Florian’s second-half goal.
De Visser also scored in the Eagles’ previous game, a 2-0 win at Santa Clara Feb. 7. Max Weirauch made the first goal; Coby Zorn and Goloubef each earned assists in the victory.
Playoff-bound Los Altos improved to 8-1-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division (second place) and 12-3-4 overall.
Mountain View kept its playoff hopes alive by beating Fremont 3-1 Friday night. The visiting Spartans trailed 1-0 early, but Ben Lau’s goal evened the scored by halftime.
Early in the second half with the score still tied, backup goalie Erik Rivera “stopped a penalty shot and then made a great save on another shot,” Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said. Mountain View scored twice in the final 15 minutes – on goals by Mateo Angel and Vasily Nikulin – to take control.
The win boosted the Spartans record to 5-5 in the De Anza Division (fourth place) and 8-10 overall.
After playing the entire first half of its WCAL season on the road, St. Francis coach Sami Field-Polisso said she expected her team “to sneak up on this league in the second half.”
So far, that hasn’t happened.
The Lancers have dropped all three games – including two last week – and are slated to host first-place Mitty 7:30 p.m. today before capping the regular season 3 p.m. Saturday against St. Ignatius.
St. Francis (2-6 league, 13-9 overall) fell behind early and never recovered Friday against Presentation, which prevailed 57-40. Paige Uyehara paced the Lancers with 13 points.
Two days earlier, Sacred Heart Cathedral topped St. Francis 53-47. Uyehara scored 17 points and Mia Grizelj added 10. The Lancers made only five of their 26 3-point attempts (19 percent).
Pinewood ran its winning streak to 17 games by routing host Sacred Heart Prep and visiting Carondelet last week. The Panthers tamed the Gators 65-29 Friday in West Bay Athletic League play and crushed the Cougars 67-41 Friday in non-league play.
Brianna Claros scored 22 points Friday and Klara Astrom put up 23 Saturday.
Pinewood leads the WBAL Foothill Division at 8-0 and is 21-1 overall.
Mountain View’s two-game winning streak came to an end with Friday’s 51-42 loss at Cupertino. The Spartans dipped to 4-6 in the De Anza Division and 9-12 overall.
Mountain View Friday suffered its sixth loss in a row. The Spartans fell 67-58 at Cupertino, with George Ellegood torching them for 35 points. Mountain View sank to 2-8 in the De Anza Division and 11-11 overall.
St. Francis split its two WCAL games last week. The Lancers followed a 73-62 home win over Sacred Heart Prep Feb. 6 with a 72-68 loss at St. Ignatius Friday.
St. Francis sits in second place at 9-3 and is 17-5 overall.