For the second time this week, a Central Coast Section girls soccer player was declared ineligible for playing in matches at a U.S. national-team camp that were not approved by the California Interscholastic Federation.
But this time, the team paid with its season.
Palo Alto found out Thursday afternoon that it is out of the section playoffs because freshman standout Jacey Pederson -- unaware she was ineligible -- played in the team's opening-round 5-0 playoff victory over San Benito a day earlier.
San Benito moves on to play Los Gatos in the Division I quarterfinals Saturday at Milpitas High. Palo Alto's season is over.
The ruling came just days after Santa Teresa, the top seed in Division I, learned that it had to forfeit its final four regular-season games because sophomore Tegan McGrady played in the unapproved matches. McGrady also is suspended for the playoffs.
The matches at the U.S. camp that began Jan. 26 were not approved because the national soccer federation submitted its paperwork just a couple of days before the event -- far short of the 30-day notice that the CIF requires.
CCS Commissioner Nancy Lazenby Blaser had said Wednesday that she worried more suspensions could be forthcoming. She spent Thursday dealing with the Palo Alto issue.
"Nancy's got to do what she's got to do," Palo Alto athletic director Earl Hansen said Thursday night. "I don't blame her. I don't know enough about the soccer
Pederson's father, Stu Pederson, said he assumed his daughter could be ineligible after McGrady's suspension was reported in this newspaper Thursday.
"What really kind of sucks is for the other teammates, really," Stu Pederson said. "Some of these girls, it might be their last game. They might be seniors or something. They may never play soccer again."
Hansen said he met with Lazenby Blaser and the coaches and principal met with the team.
Asked how the players are doing, Hansen said, "Bad. I'll find out a lot more tomorrow. All the fingers are going to be coming out tomorrow."
Hansen added, "I think it is more of an adult problem than a kid problem."
Mountain View 46, Lincoln 27: Bailey Polisso scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead No. 5 seed Mountain View (23-2) in a CCS Division II game.
Mountain View will face No. 4 seed Los Altos (18-6) on Saturday.
Milpitas 48, Menlo-Atherton 37: Junior center Brianna Gay scored 15 points to lift No. 8 seed Milpitas (11-13) into the quarterfinals of the CCS Division I playoffs.
Gunderson 56, Carmel 51: Seventh-seeded Gunderson continued its remarkable turnaround, advancing to the CCS Division IV quarterfinals with a victory over Carmel. The Grizzlies will play No. 2 seed Palma on Saturday at Menlo School.
Mountain View 59, Los Gatos 42: Nick Wang scored 24 points as No. 7 seed Mountain View (16-9) advanced to the quarterfinals in the CCS Division II playoffs.
Sequoia 38, Fremont 36: Michael McCloden scored nine points, leading a balanced attack, as the upstart Cherokees (14-16) upset the host Firebirds (17-8) in a Division I matchup.
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