MV girls soccer team can wrap up league title with win today

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.

Boys soccer

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.

Girls basketball

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.

Boys basketball

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.

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