SHP's Dahlkemper leaves for national team in style with hat trick

Junior standout leads first-place Gators to victory before heading to Florida to train with U-17 team

Sacred Heart Prep junior Abby Dahlkemper made her final match over the next two weeks a special one as she scored three goals to spark the Gators to a 5-0 romp over visiting Castilleja in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' soccer match on Tuesday.

Dahlkemper will depart Wednesday for Sunrise, Fla., where she will train with the U.S. National 17-Under Team in its preparation to qualify for the 17-U World Cup in September. The national team will play three exhibition matches against a German squad.

The USA will attempt to qualify of the second-ever FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup through the CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship being held in Costa Rica from March 9-20, 2010.

Dahlkemper gave the first-place Gators (5-0, 10-3-2) a 2-0 halftime lead with a pair of goals, the second assisted by Gianna Capovilla. After Lauren Espeseth made it 3-0 in the second half, Dahlkemper finished off her second-straight hat trick off an assist from senior Lizzy Weisman. Freshman Kendall Jager finished off the scoring as Castilleja fell to 2-3 (5-4).

In San Bruno, the Priory remained within reach of first-place by blanking Mercy-Burlingame, 3-0, on Tuesday in a WBAL (Foothill Division) match at Skyline College. The Panthers improved to 3-1-1 in league (5-5-1 overall).

Priory junior Massiel Castellanos scored within the first few minutes of the match off an assist from Melissa Perna. The Panthers got sluggish for the rest of the half, but then came out strong in attack mode for the second half -- bombarding their goal. Lauren Allen scored on a header off a corner kick served by Adriana Cortes. Later on, Cortes dribbled past four defenders and slotted it low into the corner to put the icing on the victory.

In Atherton, Menlo remained tied for second place following a 2-0 victory over visiting Notre Dame-San Jose in another WBAL (Foothill Division) match. The Knight s(3-1-1, 9-2-2) scored both goals on headers. The first came in the 18th minute by senior Mila Sheeline off a cross by freshman Maya Norman.

The second goal arrived eight minutes into the second half by sophomore Sophie Sheeline, off a cross from senior Sarah Swig.

Big contributors on defense for Menlo included Shannon Lacy and Frannie McCarthy, while seniors Nicole Fasola and Kelly Cavan stood out on offense. The Knights will host Priory on Thursday (3 p.m.) in a showdown for sole possession of second place.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto gained some ground in the tough race with a 3-1 victory over visiting Homestead on a dreary Tuesday afternoon. The Vikings improved to 3-3 in league (6-5-1 overall) while the Mustangs fell to 2-3 (5-8), allowing Paly to move into fourth place.

The winning goal came in the first half as senior captain Kelly Jenks played a five-yard pass down the left sideline to senior Sophie Cain, who got to it before it passed the corner flag. Cain sent a cross in the air to senior Kaitlyn Patterson, who was running on to it and volleyed it into the goal in the sixth minute.

In the 30th minute, sophomore Marina Foley received a ball a the top of the box, turned with it and chipped it in the air just in front of Jenks, who raced to beat the goalie and slotted it to the right outside the keeper's reach into the cage for a 2-0 lead.

Homestead made it a 2-1 match just two minutes later, but Paly put up an insurance goal in the 69th minutes when the Vikings were a free kick. Outside sophomore defender Gracie Cain took the kick and lofted it up, with Jenks getting a head on it in traffic and Foley finishing it in.

In another De Anza Division match, host Gunn rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to tie the match on an unassisted goal by Diana Wise midway through the second half. That held up for a 1-1 deadlock with Los Altos as the Titans improved to 0-4-1 in league (2-7-2 overall).

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (3-3-1, 7-4-2) remained in fourth place despite dropping a 7-1 rout to visiting Burlingame on Tuesday. The victory moved Burlingame (5-0-1) into a first-place tie with Woodside (5-0-1), which suffered a 1-1 deadlock with Aragon (4-0-3).

Girls' basketball

Eastside Prep remained undefeated in the WBAL (Foothill Division) race following a 59-28 thumping of visiting Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday evening. The Panthers improved to 5-0 in league (16-2 overall) while the Gators fell to 0-5 (7-11).

Senior Felicia Anderson led the way with 20 points while junior Ahjalee Harvey added 17 points and five assists while freshman Hashima Carothers contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds. Eastside Prep streaked to a 27-11 halftime lead.

In Los Altos Hills, Pinewood (3-1, 12-5) kept pace with Eastside Prep with a big 72-45 romp over Mercy-San Francisco (2-3, 16-3). Junior Hailie Eackles poured in 23 points and added five rebounds and four assists while Kelsey Morehead made five of six 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. The Panthers made 15 of 30 treys while shooting 54 percent from the field for the game.

Pinewood's Miranda Seto added nine points, seven assists and six rebounds while junior Jenna McLoughlin returned from an ACL injury and added five points and four rebounds. Pinewood will host Eastside Prep on Friday (6:30 p.m.) in showdown for first place. Eastside Prep won the first meeting, 46-38.

In the SCVAL De Anza Division, both Gunn and Palo Alto fell back in the league race with close losses on Tuesday night.

Gunn (3-3, 6-9) dropped a 50-48 decision to host Monta Vista (4-2, 11-7) despite a 16-point outburst from freshman point guard Claire Klausner and 13 points from sophomore Cat Perez. Palo Alto (2-4, 9-7) lost its fourth straight division game, a 48-46 decision to host Lynbrook (4-2, 12-5). That leaves Mountain View, Lynbrook and Monta Vista all tied for first place with Gunn and Wilcox sharing second following Wilcox's 46-41 upset loss to previously winless Saratoga.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton handed winless Carlmont a 46-37 defeat on Tuesday. The Bears (2-3, 7-12) got 17 points from Victoria Fakalata, 12 from Jessica Tuliau and 11 from Tennyson Jellins. Menlo-Atherton raced to a 25-13 halftime lead.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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