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Mitty between Woodside and second CCS crown in a row; Rivals — No. 1 Menlo School and No. 6 Sacred Heart Prep — meet for DIII championship
March 08, 2014, 05:00 AM By Nathan Mollat Daily Journal

Daily Journal Sports File
Jillienne Aguilera has led a potent Woodside offense with 23 goals and has 39 in two years.

If there was one blemish on the unbeaten record of the 2013 Woodside girls’ soccer team, it was the settling for a Central Coast Section Division I co-championship with Santa Teresa following a scoreless draw in the championship game.

Saturday, the fourth-seeded Wildcats will get a chance to rectify that blemish when they take on No. 10 Mitty in the Division II championship game, 1 p.m. at Valley Christian High School in San Jose Saturday.

Woodside can expect to face a Mitty squad that is tough, physical, technically sound and capable of capitalizing on mistakes.

Woodside (18-2-3) thumped No. 13 Overfelt 9-0 in the first round, but found a much tougher opponent in the quarterfinals in No. 12 Saratoga. The Wildcats pulled out a 2-1 victory. Woodside then outscored No. 1 St. Ignatius 5-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the finals.

Mitty (17-4-5) prevailed in penalty kicks in both the first round and quarterfinals before blasting No. 6 Branham 7-1 in the semifinals.

The Monarchs will be faced with one of the best offenses in the section. Woodside has scored 75 goals in 23 games, averaging three goals a match, which is a slight tick better than last’s per-game output.

The offense is paced by a pair of underclassmen in sophomore Jillienne Aguilera and freshman Isabella Bascara. Already in her second varsity season, Aguilera has pocketed 23 goals in 23 games and has a two-year total of 39. Bascara has added 14 goals.

The midfield is led by three-year varsity starter junior Lauren Holland, who has dished out 13 assists this season.

The Wildcats are far from a three-headed monster. Fifteen of 17 players have recorded at least one assist this season and 11 different players have scored.

The real secret to the Wildcats success, however, is their defense, which has allowed seven goals this season. They have surrendered three over their last 10 games.

In addition, the Wildcats’ best defender — sweeper Giana Rosati — is also one of their most lethal goal scorers, especially on free and corner kicks, as Rosati is one of the most dangerous CCS players in the air.

The Monarchs counter with an offense that has scored 63 goals is averaging 2.5 goals per contest. They finished second in the West Catholic Athletic League and are always a threat to win the CCS crown, having won two of the last three section titles.

Mitty’s offense is led by Marquel Love’s 13 goals and Ashley Kirchick’s 11.

The defense has allowed 23 goals, but playing in the WCAL is a lot tougher than any other league in CCS. Only nine of Mitty’s goals against came against non-WCAL opponents.

Division III

No. 1 Menlo School (17-3-2) vs. No. 6 Sacred Heart Prep (19-2-2)

Not many games will ever carry as many bragging rights as a matchup between these two rivals.

Not only have the two battled for West Bay Athletic League supremacy, they are both perennial contenders for Division III section crowns. SHP won the 2009 title, while Menlo will be looking for its second title in three years.

The Knights captured the WBAL championship this past season, going unbeaten in the process. They tied and beat the Gators in their two regular-season meetings and will be hoping to even the 2014 series with the biggest win of all.

Menlo has proven to be one of the best teams in the section. It got a huge non-league win over Mountain View, which was the No. 1 seed in the Division I bracket, and went 2-0-1 against PAL Bay Division teams, including a 2-0 victory over Burlingame.

The Knights offense has amassed 55 goals this season and is led by Sierra Stritter and Chandler Wickers.

The defense has given up just 10 goals and has recorded 14 shutouts.

The Gators may be playing their best soccer of the season right now, putting together three solid performances since the playoff started.

Sophomore Tierna Davidson has quickly put her name on the short list of top goal scorers in the section, having buried 23 goals this season to go along with 12 assists.

Freshman Olivia Athens gives SHP a potent one-two punch this season and for the next couple to come as she has 13 goals and a team-leading 14 assists.

Defensively, the Gators have allowed only seven goals — three of which belong to Menlo — and have posted 15 shutouts.

 

 

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