The West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' soccer race got a lot tighter and more interesting following Sacred Heart Prep's 1-1 deadlock against host Menlo School on Thursday. The first-place Gators (4-0-1, 8-4-3) lead the Knights (3-0-2, 4-3-6) by two points and third-place Priory by just three points heading into the second half of the season.
Menlo scored just two minutes into the match when Sophie Sheeline connected from 10 yards away on the rebound of a shot from Kelly Cavan. Sacred Heart Prep equalized late in the first half when Kendall Jager scored from 18 yards out on a pass from Abby Dahlkamper. The second half was an exciting back-and-forth game with both teams creating good scoring opportunities.
Menlo goalkeeper Julia Dressel was outstanding while making 12 saves against the favored Gators. She was supported by strong defensive play from Sophia King, Shannon Lacy, and Elyse Adler.
In Portola Valley, Priory remained in third place, just three points out of first, following a 6-0 romp over visiting King's Academy in a WBAL (Foothill Division) match on Thursday. The Panthers (3-1-1, 8-2-3) didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard as sophomore Mariana Galvan scored the first of her three goals with only one minute expired following a back-heel pass from sophomore Sarah Zuckerman.
In the seventh minute, Darrah Shields crossed the ball into the six-yard box and hit Eugenia Jernick, who deflected it in to the cage for a 2-0 lead. Soon after, in the 10th minute, a corner kick by Shields was headed in by junior Molly Simpson. Priory scored again in the 41st minute on a goal by senior Alex Schnabel, assisted by a through ball by Shields.
In the 60th minute, Zuckerman was fouled on a corner kick with Shields converting the PK for her sixth goal in the past four matches. Simpson converted another PK in the 68th minute after freshman Lexi Garrity was fouled in the box. Priory will host Menlo on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in a battle for second place.
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton (3-4-1, 8-4-2) dropped back in the race following a 4-0 loss to host Burlingame, which moved into a tie for second (with Woodside) with the victory.
Junior Bryan Walker managed 11 points, but Eastside Prep's scoring woes continued as the Panthers dropped a 44-29 decision to host Harker in a West Bay Athletic League game that was moved up from Friday night. Eastside (0-8, 5-13) has yet to win in league play this season has rarely has reached 50 points in most of its games.
With Hailie Eackles scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) standings with a 58-24 drubbing of host Mercy-San Francisco on Thursday night. The Panthers (6-0, 15-4) raced to a 22-4 first-quarter lead and held a 29-11 advantage at halftime.
Kelsey Morehead dished out six assists and had seven steals while Angelina Mapa and Miranda Seto each contributed 11 points for Pinewood, which will visit second-place Eastside Prep on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) in what likely should decide the division regular-season title.
In the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo-Atherton improved to 6-0 (7-1 overall) with a 55-19 victory over host Aragon. The Bears picked up six victories by forfeit and won five others by pin. The Bears' Koji Kameda had the meet's quickest match when he pinned his 154-pound opponent in just 29 seconds. Lualaba Naufahu (191) had a 9-0 win. Andre Delagnes (121), Josh Middel (162) and Sam Stroud (132) each recorded second-round pins.