St. Francis soccer, girls hoops teams fall in section finals

Three teams from St. Francis High made it to the Central Coast Section finals last weekend, but all of them came away disappointed after losing close games.

The girls soccer team lost the Open Division final in overtime, the boys soccer squad dropped the Division III title game on penalty kicks and the girls basketball team wasn’t able to hold on to a fourth-quarter lead in the Division II final.

The second-seeded St. Francis girls soccer team fell 2-1 to top-seeded Mitty Friday night at Santa Clara University. The Lancers (14-3-4 overall) and Monarchs (19-1-3) were tied at 1 after regulation. Mitty went ahead in the first 10-minute overtime and St. Francis couldn’t answer.

Both West Catholic Athletic League teams. which split their two regular-season meetings, have qualified for this week’s Northern California playoffs. St. Francis, seeded seventh in Division I, was slated to visit No. 2 Monte Vista (16-2-2) of Dublin in Tuesday’s semifinals, played after the Town Crier’s deadline.

The fourth-seeded St. Francis boys soccer team took No. 3 Harker to penalty kicks before falling to the Eagles 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Fremont.

The game was scoreless at the end of regulation and after the first 10-minute overtime, but both teams found the back of the net in the second OT. James Garlick scored for St. Francis (14-9) and Los Altos resident Justin Fung answered for Harker (16-3-3). Fung, whose older brother Jeffrey anchors the Eagles’ defense, later made a PK that helped the team claim its first CCS crown.

The St. Francis girls basketball team, seeded third, lost to top-seeded Presentation 46-37 Saturday at Sequoia. The Lancers led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter, 22-21 at halftime and 33-30 entering the fourth period. That’s when the Panthers went on a 16-4 run to close the game.

Sydney Stewart led the Lancers with 14 points.

St. Francis (12-13) advanced to the NorCal Division II playoffs as the 16th seed and was slated to visit No. 1 Oakland Tech (21-8) in Tuesday’s opening round, after the Town Crier’s deadline.

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