CCS soccer: Six local teams advance into the semifinals

Kevin Box (13) scored Sacred Heart Prep's only goal. Photo by Bob Dahlberg.

Kevin Box scored in the first half, getting an assist from Brian Tinsley, and Sacred Heart Prep opened the Central Coast Section Division I boys soccer tournament with a 1-0 victory over visiting South San Francisco on Saturday.

Jacob Anderson recorded the shutout for the Gators (18-0-2), who meet Monterey (19-2) in Wednesday's semifinals at a place and time to be determined.

Menlo's Claire Pickering/PM
The Toreadores beat St. Francis, 1-0, to advance.

Sacred Heart Prep recorded its 14th shutout of the season and have given up nine goals, five in the first two games, all year. The Gators have outscored opponents 76-9.

Monterey and SHP share two common opponents in Palma and Carmel. The Toreadores beat Palma twice, 2-0 and 4-0, and beat Carmel, 6-1. Sacred Heart Prep tied Palma 0-0 and beat Carmel 6-1.

Monterey has recorded 12 shutouts and outscored opponents by a 68-15 margin.

In Division II, Menlo School (17-2-2) topped visiting Santa Teresa, 2-1, and advances to a semifinal match against North Salinas (16-3-2) on Wednesday at home at 3 p.m.

The Knights took a first-half lead on junior Trevor Perez's goal. Santa Teresa tied it in the second half. Sophomore Christian Corcoran scored the winning goal later in the half.

Harker scored three times in the first half and held on to beat host Gunn 3-2 in Division IV action. The Eagles (14-5), who finished third in the West Bay Athletic League behind Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo, advances to Wednesday's semifinal against top-seeded King City (14-6-1). King City beat Habor, 3-1, to advance.

Palo Alto fell to host Bellarmine, 2-0, in the first round of the Open Division. The Vikings finish the season 10-4-7 while the Bells (16-2-3) move on to play either top-seeded Watsonville or Los Gatos on Wednesday.

Menlo-Atherton outlasted visiting Alisal and advanced to the Division I semifinals Wednesday, reaching the next rung on penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie.

Seamus Robinson scored for the Bears (12-6-3) with an assist from Miguel Tostado.

M-A hosts Prospect on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Girls soccer

Menlo School scored three times in the second half and beat visiting Live Oak, 3-0, in the opening round of the CCS Division I girls tournament.

The WBAL champion Knights (18-1-2) play at top-seeded Soquel in Wednesday's semifinal round at 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart Prep (10-5-6) took care of visiting Alisal, 5-0, in a Division IV opener and will advance into Wednesday's semifinals against Seaside, which advanced on penalty kicks over No. 2 seed Alvarez, at a place and time to be determined.

Freshman Ellie Brew opened the scoring for the Gators, putting the ball in the net in the first minute. That was followed 11 minutes later with a goal from Megan Tinsley, with an assist from Juliana Rosen.

Rosen scored, with an assist from Elle Lessing, just before halftime to make it 3-0.

The Tinsley-Rosen combo made an encore early in the second half and Rosen scored again, with an assist from Caitlyn Carcione to finish things off.

Menlo-Atherton lost to host Leland, 4-2, in an Open Division match and Priory beat host Gunderson, 6-0, in Division IV action.

Priory (12-4-3) play at top-seeded Monte Vista Christian in Watsonville at 4:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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