Sacred Heart Prep girls open soccer season with a big win

M-A takes a tough loss, 1-0, to Mitty in its opener

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The Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team may have lost some talented seniors from last year's Central Coast Section Division II runner-up team, but it appears there's plenty left to make another run.

Mia Shenk, the Gators leading scorer last year, was one of five different players to score in Wednesday's season-opening, 7-0, nonleague victory over visiting Hillsdale.

Menlo-Atherton, the defending CCS Division I champion, dropped a hard-fought, 1-0, decision to visiting Mitty, which competed in the Open Division last year.

It was the Bears' season-opener while Mitty improved to 2-0. M-A outshot the Monarchs, though Mitty goaltender Haley Verbeck was up to task, recording eight saves.

M-A visits Palo Alto for a 2:30 p.m. nonleague game Saturday.

With 12 returners, seven of them seniors, Sacred Heart Prep has already accomplished something last year's team failed to do and that's to win the opener.

The Gators, who were missing All-American and current Stanford freshman Tierna Davidson at the time, lost three of their first four games last season and were 3-4 at one point before finishing strong.

They'll get tested Saturday when they take the field at Fremont High against St. Francis at 3:20 p.m. as part of the Firebirds Classic.

Shenk, a junior, and freshman Isabelle Jordan each scored twice for Sacred Heart Prep. Jordan added a pair of assists, giving the ball to Shenk to make it 1-0 and then helping senior Lindsay Johnson make it 3-0 in the first eight minutes.

Johnson, who led the Gators in assists last season, returned the favor for Jordan, who scored both her goals within two minutes of each other. Cam Gordon assisted on the second one.

Gordon added an unassisted goal in the second half and McKenna Angotti, with an assist from Maggie O'Keefe, completed the scoring.

Boys soccer

Sophomore Kenzo Morabai scored both goals in Palo Alto's 2-1 victory over visiting Carlmont on Wednesday.

The Vikings, who were knocked out of last year's Central Coast Section Open Division first round by eventual co-champion Watsonville, have started a new winning streak, with victories in consecutive days to open the season.

Palo Alto beat Milpitas, 9-0, on Tuesday, getting a pair of goals each from Neil Verwillow, Jack Stoksik and Marco Tan.

The second-half defensive play against the Scots, provided by Verwillow, Thomas Crouch and Matt Knowles, kept the game in hand.

Palo Alto meets Lincoln-San Jose at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of the Homestead Holiday Cup.

Girls basketball

Count Castilleja freshman Sammy Wong among the early surprises of the basketball season. She's hit the ground firing and the Gators are the beneficiaries of her penchant for points.

Wong scored 24 points, including hitting five 3-pointers, for Castilleja, which recovered from a first-round loss in the Fremont tournament Tuesday to beat the host Firebirds, 44-35, on Wednesday. She netted 19 points in a loss to Carlmont the previous day.

Lone starting senior Cate Alder took care of business in the paint, adding 12 points to go with 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocks for the Gators (1-1), who have one tournament game remaining Thursday.

In another game, sophomore post Ila Lane scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Priory's 54-51 nonleague loss to visiting Oceana on Wednesday in the official season opener for both teams.

Priory lost to Menlo-Atherton by three points in a sportsmanship game last week.

Junior guard Tatiana Reese added 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for the Panthers, who travel to St. Ignatius for a nonleague contest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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