Menlo College's Ingram earns Cal Pac soccer honor

Menlo College senior senior Natalie Ingram scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season during a two-win week and earned Cal Pac Offensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts.

Ingram helped the Oaks to a 2-1 record last week that has Menlo just one point out of second place in the conference standings.

A 2012 first team all-conference performer and 2012 Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year, Ingram is currently third on Menlo's all-time scoring list with 23 career goals. Menlo returns to conference play on Wednesday with a match on the road against Simpson University at 3 p.m.

Menlo played its final home match of the season on Sunday and produced a 4-3 win over Marymount that saw the Oaks improve to 6-2 in league (9-3 overal). Menlo can move ahead of second-place Marymount when the teams meet again Friday.

The first goal of the match came just five minutes in when Victoria Piazza found the net for her fourth goal of the season, courtesy of an assist from Menlo senior Megan McKee.

Just over 20 minutes later, the Oaks extended their lead on a penalty kick from Kayla Cisneroz that was set up by a great run taken by Ingram, who was fouled by Mariner keeper Andrea Poeschel.

With the match deadlocked at 2, Marymount took its first lead courtesy of an unassisted goal.

In the 62nd minute, Ingram got in on the action and tied the game off a great cross from Janelle Gaddy. The eventual game-winner came just moments later when Jocelyn Aguilar drove home a perfect shot with the left foot to tally her sixth goal of the season and her second game-winner.

"Today was an extremely exciting match to be a part of, and a very memorable win for the team, especially our eight seniors," said Menlo College head coach Keith Lambert. "I told the team that the game would be 90 minutes of work and we had to be disciplined, hard-working, and stick to the objectives. I'm glad we were able to manage all of the momentum shifts and finish strong."

Earning their final home win of their respective careers at Menlo College were Jennifer Purvis, Victoria Schultz, McKee, Whitney Galindo, Erica Hunting, Ingram, Tiare Fuentes and Valerie Comstock.


The Cal Pac men's and women's Preseason Coaches' Polls have been released with the Menlo women receiving all seven first-place votes to earn the top spot.

Menlo returns 2013 Cal Pac Player of the Year and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Jolise Limcaco and 2013 Cal Pac Defender of the Year Laurel Donnenwirth along with a slew of other talented players who have helped the Oaks to a 18-2 in Cal Pac play since 2011, earning back-to-back conference titles.

The Menlo men, meanwhile, were ranked No. 3. The Oaks concluded the 2012-13 season on a high note with a thrilling run to the conference tournament finals, which included a win over tournament No. 1 seed William Jessup.

Seven seniors bolster Menlo's 2013-14 roster including all-conference performers Keith Bowman, Charles Barnes and John Smith.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo College Athletics


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