Girls Soccer wins first CCS championship since 1979

Kai Kang

The MVHS crowd cheered on Feb. 28 as varsity girls soccer pulled off a close 2-1 win over rival Palo Alto Vikings in the final round of division I CCS. This is only the second CCS girls soccer championship title since the school’s founding and the first in 30 years.   

The MVHS crowd cheered on Feb. 28 as varsity girls soccer pulled off a close 2-1 win over rival Palo Alto Vikings in the final round of division I CCS. This is only the second CCS girls soccer championship title since the school’s founding and the first in 30 years. The last title was won in 1979 during which MVHS defeated Saratoga, also by a score of 2-1.

 
The Matadors took an early lead 11 minutes into the game when freshman Gabby Ley headed a goal with an assist from senior Shandon Rovetta. The Matadors held their lead throughout the first half, as both teams were met with stiff defense.

Fifty-three minutes into the second half, junior Vanessa Forney headed a goal into the left corner with the assist of sophomore Sandra Ley. The Matadors continued to lead the offensive, taking advantage of the Vikings’ inability to clear the ball, and orchestrated a two minute rush with three goal attempts. The rush resulted in two near goals—one of which was dismissed by an offside call.  Image

The Vikings scored with 15 minutes to go, putting pressure on the Matador defense to hold their lead. Despite two close calls, the Matadors were able to tie down the Viking offensive until the end of the game.

It was the third time MVHS had played Palo Alto this year. Of the last two match ups, Palo Alto won the first by 3-1 and MVHS took the second with 5-1.

“We were pretty confident going into the game,” junior Cheryl Kute said. “We saw it as our last chance, and we really wanted that banner.”