It has been 20 years since Menlo School has won a league title in girls' soccer. That came in 1992 when the Knights competed in the Girls Private School League. Two more victories by Menlo will end that title drought.
The Knights improved to 9-1 in league (11-4-2 overall) and hold a three-point lead over second-place Priory. Menlo needs to beat last-place Mercy-Burlingame on Thursday (to earn at least a co-title) and third-place Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday (both at home) to wrap up the regular-season title -- the Knights' first in the WBAL.
Menlo sophomore Chandler Wickers opened the scoring when her 22-yard shot deflected off a Castilleja defender's foot and went into the goal at 23 minutes giving Menlo a 1-0 halftime lead. Menlo kept the pressure on and put the game out of reach with two second-half goals.
Sophomore Jaye Boissiere got to the endline and softly chipped the goalkeeper from 10 yards, placing the ball onto senior Sophie Sheeline's foot and she volleyed in the ball from close range at 18 minutes for a 2-0 lead. Menlo sophomore Lindsay Karle's well-placed 18-yard full-volley shot found the far corner of the goal at 31 minutes. Menlo outshot Castilleja, 16-6.
Menlo's defense of senior Shannon Lacy, junior Hannah Rubin, sophomore Sienna Stritter, freshmen Alexandra Walker was rock-solid throughout the match and limited Castilleja's attack. Junior goalies Julia Dressel and Kelly McConnell shared their seventh straight shutout.
In San Mateo, Priory (8-2, 11-4-2) maintained its hold on second place with a 5-0 victory over last-place Mercy-Burlingame. The Panthers have 24 points with two matches remaining in the regular season -- both against King's Academy.
Molly Simpson scored a pair of goals in the 5th and 32nd minute for Priory on Tuesday. Lexi Garrity scored in the 15th minute, Eugenia Jernick scored in the 22nd minute, and Darrah Shields scored at the 40-minute mark.
The goals were assisted by Anna Gillis (two), Garrity, Jernick, and Shields. The Panthers will host King's Academy on Saturday at 3 p.m., which will be the Priory seniors' final home match.
In Sunnyvale, Sacred Heart Prep remained in third place in the WBAL race with a 2-1 victory over host King's Academy. The Knights (3-6, 8-7-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half before the Gators rallied on a goal by Ali Jordan in the 23rd minute off an assist from Christine Callinan.
Sacred Heart (7-2-1, 9-4-5) got the game-winner in the 75th minute from junior Kendall Jager off an assist from Stephanie Terpening.
In the WBAL Skyline Division, Pinewood kept its hopes alive for a playoff berth with a 4-0 victory over host Harker on Tuesday. Danielle Man provided the first and winning goal off an assist from Gabz Amos-Crosser in the 37th minute. Freshman Nicole Colonna made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal 14 minutes later. Man scored her second goal of the match in the 60th minute with Adrienne Whitlock following three minutes later with another unassisted tally as the Panthers improved to 12-1-1 in league (13-3-2 overall).
In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton suffered its second straight 0-0 outcome, this time against host Aragon. The Bears (6-2-3, 10-4-3) still had to get satisfaction of reducing the Don's first-place lead over Carlmont to just two points.
Aragon has 26 points followed by Carlmont (24) and M-A (21). Woodside trails in fourth with 16 points.
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