Exciting Week to come — PAL Bay Division Girls Soccer

11 02 2011

When you woke up yesterday morning, this is what the standings looked like in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division for girls soccer:

San Mateo was still all alone  at the top with Aragon nipping at their heels after beating them on Tuesday 3-1. Woodside is strong and you knew they’d be sticking around. Burlingame, well Burlingame has been relatively quiet, kind of bidding their time, picking up nice draws here and there, and beating the teams they’re supposed to beat.

The race is fantastic and makes for exciting drama.

Yesterday, I was sent to Crystal Springs Uplands and watched them completely dismember Harker of San Jose. No offense to Harker, but it was the longest 80 minutes of soccer I’ve had to cover this season. On paper, Crystal Springs Uplands should have dominated and in this case, the paper didn’t lie. Here’s the story.

Needing to cleanse myself, I decided to drive down to the Burlingame vs. San Mateo game at Burlingame. While there, I watched Lena Mendelson score two late (and very good) goals to beat the bruised and battered Bearcats (alliteration, bing!). When the whistle sounded, I thought, “man, this just made things very interesting.” And I was right. Here is what we’re looking at for next week:

And a rundown of yesterday’s chaos plus what’s to come: In the brief I say you have to give the advantage to Aragon … and I mean it. They have the softer schedule next week with games against Hillsdale and Terra Nova — two games they SHOULD win. Then again, a lot of things that should happen don’t. Anyway, it should make for an exciting week of girls soccer. Oh, and don’t forget the Ocean Division — Capuchino is on top with 30 points, but Mills is right behind them with 27. They play each other on Tuesday. Now, THAT will be a hell of a game.

The Peninsula Athletic League Bay division just got really, really interesting heading into the final week of league play.

Burlingame, which came into yesterday’s play fourth in the standings, pulled off an exciting 2-0 win over division-leader San Mateo on two late goals from Lena Mendelson. The loss is the second in a row for the Bearcats, who are hurting physically right now with some key players out with injuries.

San Mateo received somewhat of a favor from Carlmont, who continue to play hard under coach Tina Doss. The Scots drew 2-2 with a red-hot Aragon team, that started the week by dusting off San Mateo 3-1.

Elsewhere, Woodside handled their business and rode two Taylor Duffner goals for a victory over Hillsdale.

That means that there is a 3-way tie for first place heading into the season’s final week — with San Mateo, Woodside and Burlingame all having 25 points. Aragon, who appears to have the advantage with a softer schedule next week, is only a point behind the division leaders.

Next Tuesday, Burlingame will be at Carlmont, Hilldale will drive up the street and face Aragon, Menlo-Atherton will take on Woodside and San Mateo hopes to have their key players back as they travel to Terra Nova.

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