El Estoque

Changing Seasons: The evolution of winter sports

Changing Seasons: The evolution of winter sports

Amita Mahajan

March 11, 2016

Co-reported with Pranav Iyer. Correction: The number of seniors on the girls basketball team in the magazine from 2012-2015 were inaccurate. The correct numbers are reported below. Boys Soccer: A losing team was quickly turned into a winning program that eventually reached the CCS playoffs for the f...

Girls soccer: Matadors hold off Wilcox Chargers, win 2-1

Girls soccer: Matadors hold off Wilcox Chargers, win 2-1

Malini Ramaiyer

January 29, 2015

he two teams were tied throughout the game. The score was 0-0 for 28 minutes. Then, 1-1 for 48 minutes. But in the last minute, sophomore Kalpana Gopalkrishnan’s shot soared into the goal and the girls soccer team defeated Wilcox High School 2-1. On Jan. 24, both teams competed with consistent defe...

Girls soccer: MVHS defeats Lynbrook High School 1-0

Junior Alissa Paterson dribbles the ball down the field during the game against Lynbrook High School on Jan. 15. With a final score of 1-0, the game was the team's first league win. Photo by Justin Kim.

Varsha Venkat

January 20, 2015

Running as fast as she could, team captain junior Alissa Paterson kept her feet with the ball and eyes on the goal. After many missed shots by both MVHS and opponent Lynbrook High School, this run seemed like yet another scoring chance that would end without a goal. But Paterson dribbled the ball p...

Game GIFs: Girls soccer falls with a smaller team

Game GIFs: Girls soccer falls with a smaller team

Malini Ramaiyer

January 10, 2015

They started with 11 field players, a goalie and a half-sub. Then junior Allegra Ziegler Hunts fell down and they were down to 10 field players. Minutes before the end of the game, senior Janaye Sakkas tripped, so they had to play short with only nine field players. Towards the end, Assistant Coach Tibor...

Girls soccer: MVHS defeats Kings Academy 1-0

Freshman Nina Biondi collides with a player from Kings Academy as she reaches for the ball following a corner kick. The Knights had several chances to score a goal following corner kicks, but missed each time, with the ball hitting the edge of the goal post instead. Photo by Varsha Venkat.

Varsha Venkat

December 16, 2014

fter a slow first half in its preseason game against Kings Academy on Dec. 9, the girls soccer team dominated in the second half to score a goal and defeat the Knights’ division A team 1-0. The game marked the Matadors’ first win of the year. The team played more aggressively than they ha...

Matador of the Week: Monica Polgar

Matador of the Week: Monica Polgar

Alina Abidi

February 12, 2014

          Returning varsity player sophomore Monica Polgar has stood out on defense as girl soccer’s goalie, despite their nine-game losing streak. Polgar has been playing since kindergarten and looks forward to playing two more seasons at MVHS. El Estoque: What do you va...

Girls soccer: Five memorable game gifs

Alina Abidi

February 2, 2014

Girls soccer played Los Gatos High School on Jan. 29. Though the Matadors had scoring opportunities and strong passes, they did not follow their shots into the goal, and MVHS lost 4-0. The game was highlighted by five strong moments, including freshman Kalpana Gopalkrishnan’s breakaways and a direct...

Girls soccer: First win motivates team for league games

Senior Alice Johnson dodges two CHS defenders before passing the ball to freshman Kalpana Gopalkrishnan. The team used a new formation that included five midfielders, which increased passing opportunities and a smoother transition from defense to offense.

Alina Abidi

January 9, 2014

The girls soccer team won their sixth preseason game 2-1 at home against Castilleja High School on Jan. 7 due to an aggressive first half and consistent defense. After a string of losses and ties, the team achieved their first victory in the last game before league play. “We’ve had quite a few losses, so th...

Girls soccer: Missing chemistry results in second preseason loss

Girls soccer: Missing chemistry results in second preseason loss

Alina Abidi

December 8, 2013

The girls soccer team lost at home with a score of 0-4 against Gunn High School on Dec. 7. The Matadors began their third preseason game against Gunn High School with a strong offensive push and a close shot on goal from freshman Kalpana Gopalkrishnan. GHS’ defense quickly passed the ball down the fiel...

Girls soccer: Team prepares for a season full of changes

Alina Abidi

November 27, 2013

New coaching staff and player diversity motivates team to restart their CCS qualification streak. Read More »

Year in Review

Year in Review

Nathan Desai

May 22, 2013

This is a continuation of the Year in Review story published in the May 22 print issue. Girls Golf The girls golf team struggled throughout the season, finishing their second year 0-12. Senior Priyanka Singh, junior Natalie Ng and freshman Anika Singh advanced to BVAL finals but did not qualify for...

Sports shorts: Winter

Sports shorts: Winter

Carissa Chan

March 20, 2013

This winter sports season was a thrilling one with unexpectedly strong performances by some of the teams and soccer finally playing at home. El Estoque looks back and ranks the five winter sports teams based on record, CCS qualification and comparison to previous years, from best to worst perfor...