Battle of the Keepers

Jenna Hickey

Anna Tomz (’20) heads towards the goal trying to take the lead

The stars of the match-up between Paly’s girls varsity soccer team (3-2-7) and Mountain View (5-4-3), were not the forwards but the goalies. With both goalies saving a combined 8 goals, the score remained 0-0 at the end of the game. 

Mountain View came out strong making two shots immediately in the first two minutes. Paly senior Anna Tomz tried to answer back but was stopped by the goalkeeper. 

There were three more shots before the whistle blew signaling the end of the first half. Two of the tries were saved by the goalies. The game remained scoreless.

In the second half, both teams brought up the energy in hopes of taking the lead. Paly got close to the goal with Leila Khan (‘20) driving the ball up the field and passing it to Katherine Thomsen (‘22) who shot the ball. It was saved by the Mountain View keeper. 

The energy from both sides increased but neither team was able to score in the second half, resulting in a tie.

Tomz was proud of her team for picking up the energy and applying what they’ve done in practice into the game.

“I think that we did a good job of focusing on what we practiced but we just need to come out a little bit harder next time from the get-go,” Tomz said.

When asked about what she hopes they improve on for the next game, Tomz said that “more communication would be good and staying more connected as a team.”

Come out at see the girls play Los Gatos, January 29th at home.