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.
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.
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