Sacred Heart Prep maintained its hold on second place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' soccer race with a closely contested 3-2 victory over host Priory on Tuesday in Portola Valley.
In the 55th minute, SHP freshman Olivia Athens tallied the winning goal, unassisted, to give SHP coach Ramiro Arredondo the victory over his brother, Priory coach Henry Arredondo.
Sacred Heart Prep has 22 points with three matches remaining. Should the Gators win all three, they'll finish with 31 points.
First-place Menlo, meanwhile is 9-0-1 (13-3-2 overall) following a forfeit win over Pinewood on Tuesday. The Knights have 28 points with two matches left. A victory over host Castilleja on Thursday will give Menlo no worse than a tie for its third straight WBAL crown.
Should SHP keep winning, Menlo will have to go to its final match -- at Priory on Tuesday -- to win the title outright.
Castilleja, meanwhile, played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Notre Dame-San Jose on Tuesday at the Mayfield Soccer Complex. A late goal by the Regents was cancelled out by Castilleja's Victoria Pu's equalizer with two minutes remaining in the match.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton kept its slim title hopes alive with a 4-0 victory over visiting Sequoia on Tuesday.
The Bears (5-2-2, 9-2-4) scored in the 10th minute when senior Cayla Stillman found freshman forward Katie Guenin on a beautiful through ball. Guenin dribbled toward the goal before unselfishly passing the ball off to senior Marilena McCarty, who finished for a 1-0 lead. The Bears scored again in the 25th minute when junior Annie Harrier fed sophomore Miranda Simes for a 2-0 half-time lead.
In the second half, Stillman seemed pinned in the corner with the ball, but somehow managed to find McCarty on a pass. McCarty then returned the favor to Guenin, who scored to put M-A ahead 3-0. After a nice give-and-go series with sophomore Talia Missan, Guenin crossed the ball to the middle where it was finished by junior Amanda Wiseman for the fourth and final goal of the match.
Pinewood won its 10th straight game and maintained its one-game lead in the WBAL Foothill Division race with a 69-43 drubbing of host Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday night.
Despite the easy win, the Panthers (7-0, 20-1) still missed 12 of 14 finishes at the rim and made only four of 25 three-point attempts. Senior Monique McDevitt scored 12 points to lead a balanced attack that saw 12 Pinewood players score. The Panthers used a solid defensive effort in the second quarter, holding the Gators (3-4, 12-9) to just five points, while grabbing a 35-20 halftime lead.
Pinewood will put its first-place mark on the line Friday when it visits second-place Eastside Prep at 6:30 p.m.
The Eastside Prep at Notre Dame-San Jose game was not reported.
In Atherton, Menlo School built a seven-point lead at halftime, but Mercy-San Francisco scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 38-31 victory.
Menlo (3-4, 12-9) was led in scoring by sophomore Hannah Paye with 14 points. Sarah Rantz led the team in rebounding with eight.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Castilleja improved to 6-0 in the division and remained in first place with a 48-31 home win over Mercy-Burlingame on Tuesday night.
Yasmeen Afifi scored six first-quarter points and Paige Vermeer and Cate Alder each sank a pair of first half 3's, but the Crusaders were within 21-17 at halftime.
The Gators (11-8 overall) attacked the Mercy zone and were rewarded with 11 free throws in the third quarter, as Vermeer, Afifi and Maddie Tarr totaled nine points at the line. Ellie Chen, who was saddled with three first-half fouls, scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and Castilleja's defense did the rest.
Vermeer, who dished out her 200th career assist, finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Chen had 13 points and four assists, Afifi finished with 11 points plus nine rebounds and nine blocks, and Tarr grabbed nine boards.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn moved to 5-3 in the league (6-5 overall) with a 51-28 drubbing of visiting Milpitas. Gunn's Camille Steger led all scorers with 17. The Titans play a crucial league game at Lynbrook on Friday and then host Paly next Tuesday.
Palo Alto (3-5, 9-10) had its two-game win streak snapped with a 42-30 loss to visiting Lynbrook. Freshman Lauren Koyama paced Paly with 16 points.
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