Soccer Title Up in Air As Paly Slips in Match

1999-12-24 04:00:00 PDT PENINSULA — If the Homestead Christmas Cup is any indication, the Central Coast Section boys soccer championships could be unpredictable. Palo Alto High School breezed through the tournament and reached the championship game against Watsonville High School, which had struggled through the early rounds.

But Palo Alto lost to Watsonville 4-1, its first loss of the season. Still, don’t count the Vikings out when it comes to the CCS playoffs.

“We haven’t been behind much this year,” said Palo Alto coach Michael Arzabel. “We’ve been tested, but we haven’t had to fight from behind more than once or twice.”

With all-tournament selections like junior Trevor Goodrich and junior Jeremy Truntzer, the Vikings (8-1-2) should continue to make waves.

Palo Alto High reached the CCS Division II championship game last season, losing 1-0 to Carlmont High School of Belmont. The Vikings won the Division II title in 1998.

This year, Palo Alto had allowed just three goals in its first 10 games before giving up four to Watsonville.

Truntzer scored the only goal in Palo Alto’s 1-0 victory over Homestead High School of Sunnyvale in the semifinals, and two goals in a 3-0 victory over Prospect High School of San Jose in an earlier round.

The Vikings play five seniors and six juniors in their starting lineup. Besides Goodrich and Truntzer, other starting juniors include Devin Ord, Scott Hartley, Solen Cashman and Valentin Meloty-Kapella.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Davidson has been nearly impenetrable in the early going, and he gets a lot of help from fellow seniors Aaron Diaz, Eduardo Lay, Travis Hoffacker and Jake LeBlanc, who will miss the Vikings’ next two games as he trains with the under-20 national team.

Meanwhile, Homestead High came back to beat Woodside High School 1-0 in the third-place game, as Anthony Herren scored the only goal. Goodrich and Truntzer were joined on the all-tournament team by Homestead High’s Omar Gusmao, Owen Kennedy, Kenny Suwa and Jason Chang. Woodside High was represented by Jamie Sanchez and Miguel Esparza.

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