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Pinewood and Los Altos girls soccer teams both one win away from division crowns

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The Pinewood School girls soccer team took a giant step toward making the playoffs with a 5-2 win over host Mercy-Burlingame last week.

The two teams played to a draw a month ago and entered the Feb. 5 match tied for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

The Panthers, who then routed Mercy-San Francisco 5-1 Thursday, needed only to beat Immaculate Conception Academy Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) to finish the league season undefeated.

A first-place finish guarantees Pinewood a Valentine’s Day date against the fourth-place team in the upper WBAL Foothill Division (to be determined), with the winner advancing to the Central Coast Section playoffs. The Panthers last made CCS in 2007.

“We’re unstoppable right now,” co-head coach Mike Tetzlaff said after Thursday’s road victory, which upped Pinewood’s record to 11-0-1 in league, 12-3-2 overall.

The Panthers led both of last week’s games 3-1 at halftime. Pinewood freshman Amrita Mecker, whom Tetzlaff called “a dynamic midfielder,” left the Mercy-Burlingame match in the sixth minute with an injury, “but the team shook it off, adjusted to the bigger field and gusty wind, and just went about its business without being unnerved by the importance of this game for the standings in our division.”

Jordan Berke scored the Panthers’ initial goal, Kelly Branson scored the next three and Nicole Colonna the last one. Freshman Hannah Ditzler gave a “strong performance” in goal, according to Tetzlaff.

In Thursday’s win at Mercy-San Francisco, Pinewood received two goals from Courtney Copriviza and one each from Gretchen Olsen, Maddie Augustine and Leah Hess.

Pinewood is not the lone local team contending for a league title in girls soccer. Los Altos can claim the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division crown by beating host Los Gatos in today’s regular-season finale, scheduled 3:30 p.m.

A month ago, Los Altos (7-2-2) eked out a 1-0 home victory against Los Gatos (8-2-1).

The Eagles (10-3-3 overall) last week followed a 1-0 loss at Homestead Feb. 6 with a 2-0 win over visiting Gunn Friday. Sophia Hyver (header) and Tess Wendelken scored in the victory, assisted by Stephanie Kouvelas and Allie Crum, respectively.

St. Francis, the second seed in the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, routed No. 7 Sacred Heart Cathedral 4-0 in Saturday’s opening round. The host Lancers (16-2-1 overall) led 3-0 at halftime.

Megan Keeth finished with two goals for St. Francis; Cristina Polini and Sophia Villata tallied one each.

The Lancers were scheduled to face No. 3 Valley Christian in Tuesday’s semifinals (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline). The winner advances to Thursday’s final, set for 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis.

Boys soccer

Mountain View clinched its fourth consecutive SCVAL De Anza Division title – and fifth overall – in “very exciting fashion,” coach Jim McGuirk said.

The host Spartans edged second-place Santa Clara 3-2 Feb. 6, overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the second half. After Guillermo Burger scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game, sweeper Travis Pinkner scored on a header off a throw-in by Cameron Lesslie with under a minute left.

Lesslie scored the first goal for the Spartans (7-1-2, 13-2-3)

It’s been a tying season for Los Altos, which played Gunn and Homestead to draws last week. The Eagles have five ties, two wins and four losses in De Anza Division play.

After a scoreless game against Homestead Feb. 6, the Eagles tied Gunn 1-all Friday on a goal from Matt Schonher, assisted by Josh Stephens.

Girls basketball

Pinewood held on for a 55-50 win at Menlo Friday to cap round-robin play in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. The Panthers – up 10 to start the fourth quarter – trailed 50-49 with two minutes left but rallied with a 6-0 spurt to close the contest.

Gabi Bade paced Pinewood with 16 points and Marissa Hing scored 13. The Panthers made eight of their 14 3-point shots.

As the second seed in the WBAL playoffs, Pinewood (8-2, 19-5) advances directly to the semifinals, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mercy-San Francisco.

St. Francis concluded WCAL round-robin play with a 29-23 win at Presentation Feb. 6. Jennifer Lucian scored 13 points for the Lancers (8-4, 18-6).

St. Francis, the third seed in the WCAL playoffs, was scheduled to host No. 6 Valley Christian Tuesday. The winner moves on to Thursday’s semifinals.

Boys basketball

Mountain View routed visiting Homestead 53-34 Friday in SCVAL De Anza Division action. The Spartans jumped to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter.

Brian Kaestner totaled 20 points and Nick Wang had 15 for Mountain View (6-4, 13-9).

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