It was supposed to be the game that would determine who would hold the field hockey lead in the Santa Teresa Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League when Prospect played host to Cupertino last week, and as it turns out it was.
It just didn't turn out exactly the way Prospect had hoped it would.
The Panthers and Pioneers entered play last week separated by just a single game in the division standings--Cupertino leading the pack at 5-1 with Prospect close behind at 4-2.
But before the two leaders could square off on Friday, Monta Vista decided to put its two cents into the race.
The Matadors battled the Panthers to a 2-2 tie to open the week, foiling Prospect's chances of playing for the division lead on Friday. Then Cupertino stepped up and knocked off the Panthers in their head-to-head battle to close out the week.
So the game on Friday did determine which team would be in first place, but it turned out to be the same team that held the lead going into the week--Cupertino.
The Pioneers improved to 7-1 in the Santa Teresa circuit with the win over the Panthers. Earlier in the week, they had blanked Leigh 4-0.
Senior Julia Seaton knocked in two goals and junior Chrissy Velasquez and senior Jackie Ballin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Pioneers to the lopsided win over the Longhorns.
Ballin came back with a goal and an assist to pace the Pioneers to the 3-1 win over Prospect later in the week.Seaton and junior Farica Carroll also scored goals for Cupertino and Velasquez and sophomore Lauren Rowe handed out assists.
The Pioneers opened up a 3-0 first-half lead before junior forward Maycee Corpuz scored off of an assist from senior mid Gabi Riccardi-Shortt in the second half. But that was the only goal the Panthers could manage in the 3-1 loss.
Prospect found itself in a real battle earlier in the week against Monta Vista.
The Panthers scored early in the first half when senior mid Karlie Wreaks scored her first goal of the game, this one off an assist from Riccardi-Shortt.
The Mats battled back to tie it on a goal by Caroline Lee off an assist from Katie Bryne, then they took the lead when a Bryne pass set up Arushi Agarawala.
Wreaks tied the game in the second half, knocked in a penalty corner off an assist from senior defender Felicia Miller.
It was tied at the end of regulation and the teams played through a scoreless overtime before the game was officially called a draw.
It would be the first of two overtime games for the Matadors on the week, but they pulled out the win the second time, edging Lynbrook 2-1.
Sarah Im scored off a Lei assist in the first half for Monta Vista and Dana Rothwein matched it for Lynbrook with a goal off an assist from Emily Novakovich.
It remained 1-1 through the second half, but Monta Vista won it in overtime when Janaye Sakkas knocked in a goal off an assist from Bryne.
Lynbrook battled back from the loss with a 2-0 win over St. Ignatius. Novakovich and Kristina Okamoto each scored second-half goals for the Vikings.
Leigh fought back after the loss to 'Tino to beat Live Oak 1-0 on a first-half goal by junior Sydney McKean off an assist from senior Kendra Schultz.
Live Oak had opened the week with a 2-0 win over Del Mar.
Santa Teresa Division standings: Cupertino 7-1 (9-2-1), Prospect 4-3-1 (7-4-1), St. Ignatius 3-2-2, Leigh 4-4 (6-6), Lynbrook 4-4 (8-4), Live Oak 3-4-1 (7-7-1), Monta Vista 3-4-1 (4-7-1), Del Mar 1-6 (2-12)
Westmont rebounded from a 1-1 tie against University with a rousing 7-0 win over San Jose. The Warriors improved to 5-1-1 in the division with the win and the tie.
Junior Amanda Lavond knocked in two goals and handed out an assist to lead the Warriors past the Bulldogs. Kayla Ernst and Lexi Rhodes each had a goal and an assist and Julia Matson, Penny Yfantis and Shannon Collins also scored goals. Haley Salle chipped in with two assists and Sunda Gedik and Jacqueline Audet added one apiece.
Salle's first-half goal gave Westmont the early lead against University, but the Red Devils scored a goal in the second half to tie things up.