Girls varsity soccer plays against Mountain View; game ends in a tie


Chris Clark

Bruins face off Spartans.

On Saturday, the SCHS girls varsity soccer team took to the pitch to face the Mountain View High School Spartans. Both teams battled for a tiring 95 minutes, but the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Senior goalie Samantha Coelho started the game with many saves against a striking Mountain View offense. However, the Spartans scored 19 minutes into the game, taking the lead.

After Mountain View’s goal, the Bruins moved to a 5-3-2 formation, which provided more defense.

“Mountain View was a very challenging team,” senior striker Ellie Mujushi said. “We decided to change the formation to become defensive and give us more of an advantage.”

Only 8 minutes after the Spartans goal, the Bruins set up a counter attack, which resulted in a free kick. Junior midfielder Hannah Matthews was set to kick the ball. It went high in the air, floating towards the top right corner, but the Spartans goalie knocked it out of bounds.

The halftime score was 0-1 with the Spartans leading.

Early in the second half, the Bruins attacked with a cross from junior Ysela Baluyot to Mujushi. Mujushi soared above the Spartan defenders and headed the ball, but the Spartan goalie tipped the ball away.

Twenty five minutes into the second half, junior defender Frida Ramirez received a yellow card for tripping a Spartan striker. The crowd went ballistic, yelling at the refs to make the right call. Ramirez had a different opinion about the play.

“It was the right call, but I could have been smarter about going for the ball at the right moment,” Ramirez said.

After Ramirez’s yellow card, sophomore Nicole Nunes fired the soccer ball over the goalie’s hands and into the back of the net, tying the game 1-1.

“She’s always been super close to scoring, but she hasn’t capitalized,” Mujushi said. “The entire team was rooting for her to score, and she came through for us when we needed a goal.”

With more saves from Coelho, the Bruins ended up tying the Spartans 1-1.

The Bruins have a record of 8-6-1(win/tie/loss) and are looking to beat the Palo Alto Vikings on Monday.