Prep report: Angel saves Palo Alto from boys soccer loss


After 77 or so minutes of play, neither Palo Alto nor Serra had been able to put the soccer ball into the net. In the space of 90 seconds, that all changed.

The Padres were awarded a penalty kick as time was running out and converted. The Vikings scored on their next possession. The nonleague game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Palo Alto's Xander Sherer played a ball down the sideline and then sent a centering pass that found Marcus Ama, who headed the ball forward to Angel Antunez.

Antunez beat three Serra defenders to the ball and with a sliding right-footed kick, managed to punch the ball past the goalkeeper along the ground and into the net for the equalizer.

The Vikings (5-1-1) meet Burlingame (1-1-1) at the Homestead Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

In girls soccer, host Menlo-Atherton beat Aragon, 2-1, in an early Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division test Thursday.

Diana Morales scored both goals for the Bears (5-2, 3-0) and Yara Gomez Zavala recorded both assists.

Menlo-Atherton meets Salinas at 12:15 p.m. at the Fremont Tournament.

In boys basketball, Gunn (3-4) advanced to the championship game of the Prospect Tournament and will play Piedmont Hills for the title at 8 p.m. Friday.

Mid-Peninsula dropped its Private Schools League boys basketball opener, 44-35, to visiting Nueva on Thursday.

The Dragons (3-4, 0-1) host Fremont Christian in a nonleague affair at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In girls' basketball, Palo Alto topped visiting Leigh, 63-44, as senior Carly Leong scored 24 points and freshman Annika Shah added 21. Leong grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Junior Ellie Jefferies did a little bit of everything with four rebounds, five assists and four steals.

The Vikings (3-2) have won three straight after dropping their first two. They play Willow Glen (5-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evergeen Valley.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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