Girls Soccer · Homestead girls soccer team falls in CCS playoffs

The Sunnyvale Sun wrote about our Girls Soccer team at CCS on March 1st.  The full article can be seen here.

Second-seed Homestead had its season halted, falling 3-0 to 10th-seed St. Francis in the second round of the Division I tourney on Feb. 24 at Homestead High.

Homestead, which came in fourth in the SCVAL’s De Anza Division with a 4-4-4 ledger, concluded its season with a 12-6-4 mark.

Despite losing by three goals to St. Francis, Homestead coach John Luotto felt his club actually outplayed the West Catholic Athletic League powerhouse.

“I don’t know how to say this without sounding disrespectful, but I think we won just about everything in the game except for what mattered — the score,” Luotto said. “We had a couple of good scoring chances in the second half, but just couldn’t connect.”

The Mustangs, who were playing in the playoffs for the second straight year, had opened their tournament stay on Feb. 21 with a convincing 3-0 triumph over the 15th seed Piedmont Hills Pirates.

Sophomore Alexa Maletis accounted for all three goals in the win, equaling her entire regular-season total.

“She was brilliant,” Luotto said. “She had a heckuva game. She put herself in a position to be dangerous and she finished the shots she had.”

The Homestead defense took care of the rest, dealing Piedmont Hills its third shutout loss in its last four matches.

“We played a wonderful game. A very spirited, well-played game,” said Luotto, who completed his third year at the Homestead helm.

As good as the Mustangs were this year, they stand to be that much better next year, thanks to a line-up that will return all but two starters.

Those two starters, seniors Lindsey Heen and Rachel Evard, were a big piece of the Mustangs’ puzzle this year.

“They will be hard to replace,” Luotto said. “They were, in many ways, the heart and soul of this team.”