The Mountain View High boys soccer team needs some help to make it happen, but the SCVAL De Anza Division title remains in reach.
With two games to go, the Spartans sit in second place at 4-2-3 – just ahead of Los Altos (4-2-4) and right behind Santa Clara (6-2-2).
“We are now in a real tight race for the top three,” Mountain View coach Jim McGuirk said. “Santa Clara is in first, but we still have an outside chance to get first if they don’t win out.”
The Spartans (10-3-4 overall) put themselves in this position by beating Santa Clara and Los Gatos last week. They came from behind to beat the Bruins 3-1 on the road Feb. 5 and whipped the Wildcats 3-0 Friday at Mountain View. Ben Smith scored three goals over the two games.
Los Altos played visiting Santa Clara to a scoreless tie Friday, putting the Eagles’ overall record at 6-3-6.
Los Altos tied host Santa Clara 1-1 Friday, getting its goal from Esha Gupta in the second half (assisted by Yao-Yao Xiao). The Eagles went to 0-6-3 in the De Anza Division and 1-10-5 overall.
Mountain View fell 4-0 at Los Gatos Friday, dropping the Spartans to 4-2-3 in the De Anza.
Mountain View trailed Palo Alto 20-2 in the first quarter but cut its deficit to six points midway through the second before falling 58-45 to the De Anza Division’s top team Feb. 5.
“I was really proud of our effort to come back,” Spartans coach Kevin Mack said.
Jailen Daniel-Dalton scored 18 points and Ryan Bahar added 12 for host Mountain View (4-5 league, 13-8 overall).
Cupertino stunned Los Altos 48-46 Friday, dropping the Eagles two games back of Palo Alto with three to go. Visiting Los Altos (7-2, 18-3) trailed by 11 at halftime.
With Friday’s 49-23 rout of Cupertino, Los Altos moved a win away from the playoffs. The Eagles (5-4, 10-11) need to win one of their three remaining De Anza Division games to qualify.
Although Mountain View lost to Homestead 55-22 in Thursday’s dual-meet finale, the Spartans can still repeat as El Camino Division champs by placing ahead of Homestead and Santa Clara (which also have one loss) in this week’s league tournament.