Recap: Boys’ soccer ties Mountain View in disappointing match

Marvin Zou and

Senior captain Eric Aboytes moves the ball forward against San Benito High School on Dec. 6 at Palo Alto High School. Aboytes, one of the senior leaders for the team this year, was happy with how the team controlled the ball against Mountain View. “We performed better than our last couple of games,” Aboytes said. “We maintained possession of the ball and dominated for most of the game.” Photo: David Hickey

The Palo Alto High School boys’ soccer team (6-3-6, 1-2-4) tied 1-1 against Mountain View High School (5-5-7, 2-2-5) on Wednesday, in a closely watched league matchup at home.

The Vikings, who came into the game without a win in their last five, were unable to end the skid despite possessing the ball for the majority of the game and getting many opportunities to score.

The match remained scoreless for until the Spartans scored a goal on a counter-attack with just 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Senior forward Jason Shorin quickly responded to the goal by scoring a free kick right outside with box with just over three minutes remaining to tie it up and avoid a loss.

Shorin said that the Vikings had many opportunities that they were unable to capitalize on, including a header from him that bounced off the crossbar with just 20 minutes remaining.

“We dominated the game,” Shorin said. “We were all over them and created a ton of good chances. We just have to finish them.”

Junior left back Aidan Chueh said the team’s defensive performance against Mountain View was solid overall and that he hopes the team can carry the play to the next game.

“Overall, I think our team played very well,” Chueh said. “Mountain View had very few attacking plays and we were able to manage the few chances they had.”

Senior captain Eric Aboytes said that the team needs to finish the ball more effectively and that this is something they will look to improve on in its next match.

“I think as a team, we need to put the ball in the back of the net,” Aboytes said. “We created multiple chances and we just need to make the most of them.”

Looking ahead, the Vikings are hoping to end their struggles when they face Los Gatos High School at 3:30 p.m. today at home.

With just seven games left in the league season, Paly must win the next few games in order to qualify for the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“Moving forward, we need to get results in our favor to clinch a [Central Coast Section playoff] spot,” Aboytes said.