Local soccer teams eye playoffs

Friday’s 5-1 home win over Saratoga kept the Mountain View High boys soccer team’s playoff hopes alive, and it will likely take winning today’s regular-season finale to turn those hopes into reality.

“It’s looking like (tonight’s) game at Santa Clara may be for a playoff spot,” said coach Jim McGuirk, whose Spartans are 3-3-5 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-6-7 overall. “We can’t apply without a win or a tie because we would be under .500. A win or tie would give us a chance at making the playoffs as an at-large team.”

Down 1-0 early against Saratoga, Mountain View scored three goals by halftime. Ben Smith had the first goal and Sawyer Sevely the other two. In the second half, Ciaran Hernon and Kevin Koh each found the back of the net.

Los Altos also remains in the playoff hunt, helped by Friday’s 2-0 win at Homestead. Harry Allen scored both goals for the Eagles (4-4-3 De Anza, 7-4-7 overall).

Girls soccer

Mountain View suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0 at Saratoga Friday, which followed a 1-all tie against Los Gatos two days earlier. The Spartans (9-1-1, 17-1-2) need a win today at home against Santa Clara to claim the De Anza Division outright.

“Well, injuries finally caught up to us results-wise,” said coach Ivan Bandov, who has lost three starters for the season.

Against Los Gatos, Allie Montoya scored for the Spartans in the first half, assisted by Sistine Noel.

St. Francis lost 1-0 to St. Ignatius Friday, falling to 3-3-3 in the WCAL and 8-4-5 overall.


Mountain View capped a perfect dual-meet season (5-0) by defeating Los Altos 47-30 Feb. 5, then clinched the El Camino Division title with a strong showing at last weekend’s SCVAL Tournament.

Four Spartans qualified for this weekend’s CCS championships: Tai Nguyen (126 pounds), Jared Krawitz (170), Braeden Atkinson (195) and Teva Freitas (285).

Girls basketball

Pinewood won the West Bay Athletic League title by routing Menlo 74-47 Friday. Klara Astrom scored 27 points for the Panthers (11-0 league, 21-2 overall).

Mitty dominated St. Francis 80-23 Friday. The Lancers dipped to 2-7 in the WCAL, 13-8 overall.

Boys basketball

Mountain View beat Gunn 48-36 Friday behind 22 points from Sam Tobin. The Spartans (9-2, 19-4) moved a win away from securing the De Anza Division title.

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