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Sacred Heart Prep boys' soccer shocked by 0-0 tie

 

Sacred Heart Prep's perfect season in boys' soccer came to a surprising end when the host Gators suffered a 0-0 deadlock with King's Academy in a West Bay Athletic League match. First-place Sacred Heart fell to 5-0-1 in league (10-0-1 overall) following the upset tie.

The Gators came into the match having outscored the opposition, 47-6.

"King's came to play, meaning they worked very hard, and were aggressive/scrappy," said SHP coach Armando del Rio. "They defended in large numbers, and were ecstatic to tie us. We, on the other hand, were horrific. We were flat-footed, slow, and zombie like. I think we were careless with the ball in possession, and simply did not work hard. The passion was lacking, and we seemed tense. I think being unbeaten has potentially raised tension.

"We are hoping this is just a mid-season slump, and a tie is not the worst thing. I think it is a good lesson, as we need to play our soccer every game, work hard, and play with passion. Simply, it wasn't our day. The coaches are looking for a positive response in practice and in games. We also missed a penalty kick with 27 minutes left."

In another WBAL match, Priory posted a 2-0 victory over Eastside Prep.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton bounced back from its first league loss earlier in the week and defeated visiting Carlmont, 3-2, on Friday to move into second place.

The Bears (4-1-1, 6-2-2) battled to a 1-1 halftime deadlock after junior Edgardo Molina scored an unassisted goal. Menlo-Atherton broke it open after intermission with junior Grant Shaffer (assist Julio Torres Lopez) and Will Cabral (assist Kevin Martinez) providing the go-ahead and winning goals. Cabral's winner came with just two minutes left.

Boys basketball

Scoring over 80 points for the second time this season, the Sacred Heart Prep boys' basketball raced to an 85-37 victory over visiting Priory on Friday in a West Bay Athletic League game.

The Gators (6-0, 14-2) maintained their hold on the league lead with a 29-12 outburst in the second quarter after leading by just seven after one period. Reed McConnell led the easy win with 18 points while fellow senior Colin Terndrup added 15 and Will McConnell 11 as 12 players scored for the Gators. Brandon Willhite led Priory (1-5, 8-6) with 17 points.

In Hillsborough, Menlo School got 16 points from Mac Osborne plus 10 points and 13 rebounds from Richard Harris in a 50-42 WBAL victory over host Crystal Springs on Friday. Kent Lacob added 11 points for the Knights (3-3, 7-8) while Kyle Bowman pulled down seven rebounds. Menlo will host Priory on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

In the PAL Bay Division, visiting Menlo-Atherton climbed back into the race with a 69-33 dumping of Aragon on Friday night. The Bears (2-2, 9-9) got 20 points from Ian Proulx, who made six 3-pointers, while Michael Culhane pulled down a season-best 16 rebounds to go with six points and four assists in a fine all-around game. Marquise Tolson added 10 points for the Bears, who pulled away from a 21-17 halftime lead with 48 points after intermission.

In the Private Schools Athletic League, Lydell Cardwell made 10 three-pointers and scored a season-hgh 42 points to pace Mid-Peninsula to an 88-55 romp over host San Francisco Christian on Friday. Anthony Briggs added 20 points for the first-place Dragons (6-0, 11-2) while Reggie Williams contributed 13.

-- Keith Peters

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