Leigh and Leland entered Tuesday afternoon just three points apart in the BVAL-Mount Hamilton girls soccer standings, but drastically different results now have the Chargers in firm control of the league title race.
Despite keeping Live Oak sophomore standout Karlie Lema off the score sheet – no small feat since she has 21 goals scored this season – Leigh was unable to produce any goals of its own, resulting in a scoreless draw against the Acorns. Leland, meanwhile, took full advantage of the opportunity, downing Santa Teresa 3-1. The Chargers got two goals from sophomore Rebecca Womer and another from senior Alex Sochocki, while freshman Ruby Teixeira had two assists. Leland is now 9-1-2 in league play, five points ahead of Leigh with two games remaining in the regular season.
Christopher maintained its spot atop the PCAL-Gabilan standings with a 2-1 win over Alisal. Senior Ally Euchari scored off an assist from freshman Jenna Urrabazo, while Urrabazo added a goal of her own, assisted by freshman Taylor Mejia. Junior Yesenia Tijerina got Alisal on the board, giving her 24 goals for the year. Christopher is 8-1 in league play, with one game left on its schedule, against North Monterey County, while co-leader San Benito finishes the regular season at Salinas.
Piedmont Hills got one goal each from junior Daphne Alcaraz and sophomore Miranda Marquez, as the Pirates downed Willow Glen, 2-0. Piedmont Hills improved to 5-5-1 in Mount Hamilton action with the win.
Overfelt moved into sole possession of third place in the Santa Teresa Division with a 4-1 win over Silver Creek, breaking a previous tie between the teams in the standings. Four different Royals scored in the win, as Kenya Rodriguez, Dani Pulido, Xitlali Venegas and Andrea Hernandez all found the back of the net. Hernandez and Venegas also had assists.
Westmont got a strong challenge from Lincoln, but pulled out the 1-0 win to move to 10-1-1 in Santa Teresa play, strengthening the Warriors’ grip on first place in the league standings, five points in front of Prospect, who routed Del Mar 4-0 on Tuesday. Seniors Kate Hickman and Amy Lynn each scored for the Panthers, as did junior Bailey Erickson and freshman Natalia Berrera.
Gunderson got two goals each from junior Tanya Avila and freshman Marina Alvarez, as the Grizzlies cruised past Oak Grove, 4-0, improving to 11-1 in West Valley play. Avila now has 26 goals to go with 14 assists this season.
Ann Sobrato stayed in the top half of the Mount Hamilton standings with a 3-0 win over Pioneer. The Bulldogs scored all three goals in the first half, including a brace from senior Olivia Adams. Junior Rosalind Navarez also scored in the win.
Valley Christian scored a 3-0 non-league win over Los Altos, escaping the rugged nature of WCAL play for a day. The Warriors are 0-5-2 in league play, but 5-2-1 outside the league after the win over the Eagles. Senior Katherine Kooiman scored a pair of goals in Tuesday’s victory, while junior Mackenzie Haneman added another.