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Spartans, Lancers win girls soccer playoff openers

The fourth-seeded Mountain View High girls soccer team edged No. 5 St. Ignatius 1-0 on a second-half goal from Rebecca Lopez, assisted by Isabella Walker, in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals.

Freshman goalie Klara Hellquist recorded the shutout for the host Spartans.

Mountain View (12-5-3) is scheduled to host No. 8 Notre Dame-Belmont 3 p.m. today.

Sophie Bloyd scored on a header with five minutes left in overtime to lift No. 2 St. Francis to a 2-1 win over No. 7 Woodside Saturday in the Open Division quarterfinals. Bloyd also scored the host Lancers’ first goal earlier in OT.

St. Francis (13-2-4) was slated to entertain No. 3 Los Gatos in Tuesday’s semifinals, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Boys soccer

Rory Folan notched a goal and an assist in No. 4 St. Francis’ 2-1 home victory over No. 5 Soquel in Saturday’s CCS Division III quarterfinals. The Lancers (13-7-1) visit No. 1 Menlo 3 p.m. today.

Competing in the Open Division for the first time, No. 5 Mountain View fell 4-1 at No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Ben Smith scored the Spartans’ goal. Mountain View (13-4-4) made Open by claiming the SCVAL De Anza Division title earlier in the week by beating Homestead 3-2 on Gabriel Barrett’s second goal.

“Great season overall,” Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said. “Being down 10 points with five games to go and winning all five and the league championship was about as exciting a finish to a season that I have experienced in my 30 years.”

In the Division II quarterfinals, No. 7 Los Altos led at halftime, but No. 2 Leigh rallied for a 2-1 win Saturday. The visiting Eagles finished 8-4-6.

Boys basketball

No. 7 St. Francis stunned No. 2 Riordan 66-60 in the CCS Open Division quarterfinals Friday at Fremont. Harlan Banks scored 23 points for the Lancers (15-10), who face No. 3 Bellarmine 6 p.m. today at Independence.

Host No. 6 Pinewood routed No. 11 Pacific Collegiate 69-46 in the second round of Division V Saturday. The Panthers (12-13) were set to visit No. 3 Pacific Bay Christian Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

Los Altos (19-5), which earned byes in the first and second rounds of Division I, was scheduled to host No. 7 Independence Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The winner plays Thursday.

Girls basketball

No. 11 Los Altos’ season ended with Saturday’s 52-28 loss at No. 6 Evergreen Valley in the second round of CCS Division I. The Eagles beat visiting San Benito 41-27 a day earlier behind 20 points from Jamie Baum.

Los Altos, which qualified for CCS by winning its De Anza Division finale, finished 12-14.

After earning first- and second-round byes, No. 3 St. Francis (10-12) was slated to host No. 6 Willow Glen in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

Despite meeting the qualifications for the playoffs, Mountain View was left out of a crowded field of teams eligible for CCS Division I.

Coach Xavier Cook said the snub “was a shock to me and my team.” The Spartans went 8-4 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 16-7 overall.

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