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Sports Wrap Sports Wrap (February 25, 2005)


SF girls target CCS title

One down, two to go. With its 7-0 romp over Homestead on Feb. 19, No. 3 seed St. Francis moved to within two wins of the Central Coast Section Division II girls soccer title.

In their first action since a 3-2 loss to Mitty in the West Catholic Athletic League championship, the Lancers quickly pounced on the No. 6 seed Mustangs. St. Francis (16-2-6) scored three goals in the first 20 minutes to remove any suspense from the quarterfinal match.

Sophomore forward Danielle Spence led the St. Francis attack with three goals, and junior forward Sara Doyle registered a goal and two assists.

"I think we played great soccer," said Lancer coach Dawn Hill. "We passed to feet; we moved off the ball; we finished the opportunities we created."

In pursuit of its eighth CCS championship and first since 2003, St. Francis plays No. 2 seed Santa Teresa in the semifinals at Milpitas on Feb. 24.

"We've peaked at the right time," said Hill. "We have a new goal now, and that's to win CCS."

MV soccer teams bow out

The Mountain View boys and girls soccer teams concluded their seasons with losses in the CCS playoffs.

The No. 3 seeded boys began the Division I tournament with a 3-1 victory over No. 14 seed Santa Clara on Feb. 16. Playing its De Anza Division rival for the third time this season, host Mountain View benefited from two goals in the first 20 minutes from sophomore midfielder Alex Valencia.

The Spartans (12-6-4) found No. 6 seed Live Oak too quick for them to handle, falling 2-0 at Pioneer on Feb. 21. After allowing a goal midway through the first half, the Spartan defense held strong until allowing a free kick score with a minute remaining in the quarterfinal contest.

"We had a couple of decent opportunities in the second half but couldn't convert," said Mountain View coach Jim McGuirk. "All in all, we had a great season. The boys worked real hard and succeeded beyond the level I thought possible."

The Mountain View girls (7-8-4) earned the No. 10 seed in the Division II playoffs. Despite qualifying for CCS in their first year of play in the upper De Anza Division, the Spartans couldn't prolong their strong season. Mountain View suffered a 4-1 loss to No. 7 seed Notre Dame-Belmont in the first round on Feb. 16.

LA wins five straight, makes CCS

With a playoff spot sure to vanish with just one more loss, the Los Altos boys basketball team finished its regular season with five consecutive wins. The CCS selection committee took note of the Eagles late-season surge and rewarded them with the No. 9 seed in the Division III playoffs.

Los Altos (13-14 overall) throttled Lynbrook 58-39 in its regular season finale on Feb. 15. The win boosted its El Camino Division record to 7-5 and a share of third place.

The Eagles were scheduled to visit No. 8 seed El Camino in a first-round CCS game on Feb. 23, after the Voice went to press. With a victory, Los Altos would face a monumental challenge playing against No. 1 seed Santa Cruz (29-1) on Feb. 26.

Spartans also beat the odds

The Mountain View girls basketball team also played its best with its back against the wall and received a CCS bid as a result.

With a 4-4 record in the El Camino Division as late as Feb. 1, the Spartans appeared unlikely to garner a postseason invitation. But a four-game winning streak to end the regular season propelled the team to a share of second place in the lower league division and to the No. 13 seed in the Division II playoffs.

Mountain View (15-10 overall) hosts No. 4 seed Los Gatos, winner of the upper De Anza Division, on Feb. 24.

Lancer cagers head into CCS

The St. Francis boys and girls basketball teams welcome the start of the CCS playoffs after completing play in the rugged WCAL.

The Lancer boys lost 45-40 to eventual champion Valley Christian in the quarterfinals of the WCAL Tournament on Feb. 15. In a testament to the strength of its schedule, St. Francis (12-15 overall, 5-9 league) earned the No. 5 seed in the CCS Division II playoffs.

The boys were to face No. 12 seed Westmont on Feb. 23. An opening-round victory would send the Lancers to the quarterfinals, where they would play the Sequoia-Cupertino winner on Feb. 26.

The St. Francis girls also suffered a quarterfinal loss in the WCAL Tournament, falling 51-49 to Sacred Heart Prep on Feb. 15. The Lancers (16-10 overall) finished in fourth place in its league and received the No. 6 seed in the CCS Division II playoffs.

"I'm hoping we can go all the way," said senior guard Kim Mooney of her team's CCS chances. "I think we have the talent and the ability to do so, as long as we come together as a team."

The St. Francis girls host No. 11 Westmont on Feb. 24. If victorious, the Lancers would face the Westmoor-Evergreen Valley winner in the quarterfinals on Feb. 26.
-- Scott Campbell


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