With Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic and Gunn grad Sam Zipperstein contributing in a big way, the Menlo College men's soccer team remained unbeaten in the California Pacific Conference with a 7-0 victory over visiting Pacific Union last weekend.
After grabbing a 4-0 first-half lead, the Oaks (3-0, 5-3-1) got two second-half goals from Vukic, a junior from Menlo Park who was making his first appearance since a wrist injury sidelined him on August 31. Vukic earned first team all-conference honors last season.
"It felt good just to come back and be on the field today," Vukic said. "I know I can come back and help score more goals and bring more experience on the field."
Zipperstein, a senior midfielder, piled up three assists in the win.
"It was nice to see Sam play well and Vukic come back the way he did," said Menlo's second year head coach Mike Keller. "The guys have been working hard this last week and hopefully we can use the momentum from today for the rest of the season."
Keller's squad will take a quick break in the conference schedule as the Oaks go on the road for a matchup at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Menlo saw its perfect season end in a 31-14 loss to Southern Oregon on Saturday to ruin the Oaks' homecoming activities.
Menlo (4-1) made it close at the end when defensive back Nolon Doss recovered a fumble. One play later, Menlo quarterback Matt Pelesasa hooked up with wide receiver Robert Adan on a 76 yard strike to cut the deficit to 24-17. For Adan, a junior from Pittsburg, it was his team-leading eighth TD reception this season.
Menlo's celebration, however, was quickly muted as Southern Oregon marched down the field before scoring on a 52-yard pass play for the final margin. Southern Oregon scored 17 points in the third quarter to solidify the victory.
Menlo trailed 14-0 early, before Pelesasa scored on a one-yard run and sophomore placekicker Kevin Kurtz booted a 40-yard field goal to cut its deficit to 14-10 with 3:13 left in the first half.
Pelesasa, a junior from Woodside High, completed 17 of 29 passes for 146 yards.
Menlo next will travel to Florida to take on Webber International on Saturday at 1 p.m.