Throughout the second half, Palo Alto struggled to break free from Los Gatos' defense. During the last minutes of the game, Thomsen collided with the Wildcat’s goalie, though they both continued playing. In the end, it was up to sophomore Mariana Kessinger's free kick to tie up the score. However, the ball sailed just above the crossbar, and the Vikings fell just short of reaching a tie.
Thomsen about to directly collide with Los Gatos's goalie.
Kessinger attempts to score a last goal for the Vikings through the free kick. She misses, leading to a final score of 1-2.
Head Coach Aramando Luna views the loss as a learning experience, praising the team's performance and their improvement from the last game against Los Gatos.
“I love the intensity because last time we played them at their place, it was 3-0 at halftime in their favor, and at the end it was 6-1," Luna said. "We really never had a chance. Today ended with us having a chance to tie the game right at the end. So a big improvement.”
Even after the loss, Taleno-Dee and Solgaard are optimistic about the team’s prospects in Wednesday's game and those to follow.
"We really played as a team today instead of individually," Taleno-Dee said. "And that's, I think, what helped us keep the score to a low loss."
“With high school it’s a lot about how well you know these players and how much you click,” Solgaard said. “We just have to keep our standards high, keep pushing, and then the wins will come.”
The Vikings will play against the Saratoga Freddie Falcons at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Saratoga High School.