The King's Academy was the surprise team of the Central Coast Section Division III girls' soccer playoffs a year ago. The Knights needed to beat Pinewood in a playoff just to qualify for the postseason as the No. 13 seed, before sweeping through the section to win it all.
Menlo School, which won the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) title, wound up being eliminated in the semifinals while King's -- the No. 4 team from the WBAL -- was upsetting No. 1 seed Santa Cruz.
Injuries to three key Menlo players likely prevented No. 2-seeded Menlo from facing King's for the CCS title.
Those memories probably are still lingering for Menlo, which got some revenge for last season with a 6-0 romp over host King's on Monday in a WBAL makeup game.
Menlo (1-0-1, 5-3-2) had three goals in both halves against King's )0-2, 4-4). Junior Jamie Corley scored three minutes into the match on a cross from sophomore Zoe Enright. Senior Chandler Wickers scored at the 10-minute mark on another excellent Enright cross. Junior Leah Swig tallied in the 37th minute off a cross from Corley.
In the second half, junior Mckenzie Doyle scored in the 10th minute on a rebound of Wickers' blocked shot. Junior Katie Keller scored next at 35 minutes off an assist from junior Tess Batchelder, who tallied Menlo's final goal off a Doyle assist in the 38th minute.
Sophomore keeper Schuyler Tilney-Volk had five saves while earning the shutout. The Knights are back in actio Tuesday at Pinewood (3:30 p.m.), which last season won the Skyline Division title.
Elsewhere, Castilleja got goals from Victoria Pu, Celeste Woloshyn and Julia Lodoen, but the Gators' defense came up short during a 6-3 nonleague loss to host Harker on Monday. Castilleja dropped to 3-3 on the season.
The Eastside Prep girls will open their WBAL Foothill Division season on Tuesday night, but not with a lot of momentum.
The Panthers (8-6) will take a four-game losing streak to Menlo School (5 p.m. tipoff) after dropping a 50-47 nonleague decision to visiting St. Mary's (Albany) on Monday night. Junior guard Brije Byers led the Panthers with 16 points while 6-foot-3 junior Destiny Graham added nine.
The Eastside Prep boys, meanwhile, posted a 46-39 nonleague win over visiting University Prep in an earlier game. The Panthers (7-2) were led by junior Darius Riley's 11 points while senior Owens Smith and junior D'Andre Stamper added 10 each.