M-A girls grab sole possession of first place in PAL Bay Division


The Menlo-Atherton girls remained undefeated in league play and got some big help in the race for first place on a busy day in PAL Bay Division soccer.

The Bears improved to 3-0 in league (7-0-2 overall) with a 5-0 victory over visiting San Mateo. At the same time, league-favorite Woodside suffered its first loss in 29 matches, a 1-0 setback to host Carlmont.

As a result, Menlo-Atherton holds sole possession of first place with Carlmont (2-0-1) second and Woodside (1-1-1) tied for third with San Mateo and Hillsdale.

The Bears out-shot the Bearcats, 25-5, while taking control from the start. M-A scored the first goal of the match off a corner kick from sophomore Kelsey Reed. The ball initially found the head of senior Marilena McCarty, but her shot was blocked by a defender, and came back out only to be finished on a second header from sophomore Sarah McLeod.

McLeod scored her second goal on an assist from freshman Katie Guenin, who deftly redirected a cross from sophomore Talia Missan. The third goal of the half came when junior Amanda Wiseman fed sophomore Miranda Simes on the left side. Simes then dribbled toward the goal and pushed the ball just past the oncoming goalkeeper for the goal.

San Mateo could only manage two shots on the half -- neither requiring a save from M-A junior keeper Jacqueline Foody.

In the second half, the Bears had a tougher time finding the net against sophomore keeper Jennifer Nunez of San Mateo. Nunez came in for the second half and made five saves. M-A made it 4-0 when a shot from Missan was initially blocked by Nunez, but then finished by Guenin.

The final goal from M-A came when the Bears pressed the Bearcats' defense with numbers. Senior Carolyn Hunt-Gonzales fired a shot that was blocked by Nunez and then finished off the knee of junior Annie Harrier.

In the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division), senior midfielder Sienna Stritter had a hat trick, senior forward Chandler Wickers had two goals, and sophomore forward Zoe Enright had three assists to lead Menlo School (2-0-1, 6-3-2) past the Panthers (1-3, 2-10).

Stritter tallied Menlo's first goal 10 minutes in following a nice feed from Enright. Junior Jamie Corley then scored from eight yards out in the 13th minute, converting Enright's blocked shot. Stritter got her second goal on an accurate shot off another Enright pass in the 29th minute.

Wickers got her first goal four minutes into the second half off an assist from junior Alexandra Walker. Stritter connected next in the 10th minute off another pretty setup by Walker. Wickers completed the scoring for Menlo off a great assist from freshman Mikayla Stabile. Sophomore keeper Schuyler Tilney-Volk had four saves for Menlo, earning her second consecutive shutout.

In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep won a battle between two of the top three teams in the WBAL Foothill Division last year and remained tied for first place with a solid 4-0 triumph over Priory.

Sophomore Tierna Davidson provided the winning goal in the fourth minute off an assist from sophomore Riley Shanahan. Davidson also got the closing goal in the 65th minute with freshman McKenna Angotti assisting. Seniors Kate Bechtel and Alex Bourdillion added goals in the 17th and 25th minute, Shanahan assisting on Bechtel's goal as the Gators moved to 2-0-1 in league (7-1-2 overall).

In San Jose, Castilleja got a goal from Sarah Abramowitz but it wasn't enough as the Gators (1-1, 3-4) fell to host Notre Dame-San Jose, 4-1, at Watson Park.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo and M-A Athletics


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on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

Shouldn't there be a photo of an M-A player to match the headline???

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