Defense, led by senior captain Jacey Pederson, has been a pivotal part of the team’s success. 11 games have been played in the season and a mere total of two goals have been scored against Palo Alto High School. Both goals occurred in the first two games of the season, and for nine games no goals have been scored on Paly.
Such phenomenal defense was able to keep Paly in their crucial game against opponent Mountain View. A prominent Mountain View shot appeared as if the ball would definitely go in the goal, until Jacey Pederson swept in and kicked the ball off the goal line.
Impentrible defense is a critical factor of Paly’s success and leads them to many wins.
“The team definitely played well and we shut them out for sure on their attack side, not letting any balls in,” junior Tess Preising said. “We had some good chances for goals but we didn’t put them away as often as we should.”
Despite a 0-0 finish, the offense did a good job continuously taking many shots at the opposing team’s goal, but Mountain View’s defense was impassable. The offense created many opportunities to score, but wasnot able to follow through.
Mountain View and Paly are scheduled to meet once more again during the regular season at Paly on Feb. 5.
In conference play, Paly and Mountain View are neck and neck, tied for first place. The results from game one are a sure indication of another close standoff between the two teams.
“The results showed that both teams were very skilled and would not give up a loss so easily,” Preising said.
Besides stiff competition with Mountain View, Paly has been dominant over other opponents.
A current trend is the opposing team scoring no goals, with Paly usually scoring three or four.The girls beat crosstown rival Gunn 4-0 with two goals from Reilly Filter.
“Playing against Gunn was really exciting and it was a great experience to score two goals against our crosstown rival Gunn,” junior Reilly Filter said. Paly girls varsity soccer has not lost to Gunn since 2011.