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Boys’ soccer to face undefeated Los Gatos on senior night

Annika Behal and Ankita Amberkar

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A Paly midfielder attempts to swipe the ball away from a Sequoia High School forward at the Viking lacrosse field resulting in a Paly possession. "I think we played well, better than other games," senior Victor Magnusson said. "Matt Knowles did a great job defending." Photo: Ankita Amberkar

A Palo Alto High School midfielder attempts to swipe the ball away from a Sequoia High School forward resulting in a Paly possession and final score of 1-0. “I think we played well, better than other games,” senior Victor Magnusson said. “Matt Knowles did a great job defending.” Photo: Ankita Amberkar

The Palo Alto High School boys’ soccer team (10-3-3) will face off against Los Gatos (12-0-2) in its final game of the regular season this at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Viking lacrosse field.

The game will be a tough one as Los Gatos has gone undefeated so far this season with the exception of a couple of ties. They have proven to be a challenging opponent as the Vikings lost to them earlier this season, 1-2. 

The Vikings are going into the game after an upsetting performance against Homestead earlier this week resulting in a score of 2-2. 

“It was a very disappointing tie because they’re [Homestead] in last place and we were too confident,” senior Angel Antunez said.

Because of the poor outcome of Wednesday’s game, the Paly team is determined to improve its work ethic for tomorrow.

“They [Los Gatos] are undefeated so we are going to try to beat them because we need to secure a spot in CCS,” Antunez said.

As Friday’s game is the last of the season, it is the team’s senior night where they will honor the six seniors on the team.

Seniors Matt Knowles, Xander Scherer, Kiran Misner, Angel Antunez, Valter Levander and Victor Magnusson will all be graduating this spring, leaving a significant hole in the team. 

“I really admire senior captain Matt Knowles’ and Xander Scherer’s devotion to the team,” junior Ben Van Zyll said. “They are always giving 100 percent with their intensity and work ethic. I really appreciate everything they have done for Palo Alto High School soccer.”

 

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