Positive start for Lady Scots


Coach Steve Pendleton addresses his team at halftime during the Lady Scots’ tie with Palo Alto High on Dec. 2.

Kian Karamdashti, ScotCenter Sports

The Junior Varsity Girls showed composure in their first preseason game of the season, tying Palo Alto High 0-0 on Dec. 2.

After weeks of tough cuts and long practices, the Lady Scots were anxious to start their season right against a tough opponent.

“Palo Alto is known to have good teams every year on both sides of the program,” said sophomore and defender Lauren McDonnell before the game.”But we’re excited to play our first game tonight.”

The game kicked-off to a slow start, with each side’s defense stepping up anytime the ball was put into the offensive third.

After the halftime break, the Lady Scots came out firing, with sophomore Aria Frangos having her 25-yard shot tipped just wide of the post by the Palo Alto keeper.

The resulting corner, however, proved to be the main talking point of the game.

After sophomore Nicole Berrios’ threatening cross was met by the head of Frangos, the ball appeared to go into the goal and out through a hole in the net.

As the Lady Scots and their fans cheered, assuming they had scored the opening goal, the referee signaled for a goal kick, judging that the ball went over the goal post.

Spectator and sophomore Sami Makaafi said that it “looked like the ball went in”, but that it was “impossible to tell” from his angle.

Whether the call was correct or not, the Lady Scots still had the rest of the game to play, as they kept up their strong defense to eventually end the game with a scoreless tie.

Putting the the controversial call behind him, coach Steve Pendleton had some good things to say about his team’s performance.

“For our first game, we possessed the ball really well. I hope we can use this game to help us improve for the season ahead.”

The Lady Scots will look to claim their first win of the season on Dec. 7 when they take on Mountain View High in Burlingame.