Cordova save, Aguilar penalty kick lift Menlo to soccer win


Jocelyn Aguilar calmly visualized her penalty kick and then followed through with a low, hard shot to the far post, clinching a spot in Saturday's Cal Pac Conference championship.

The fourth-seeded Menlo College women's soccer team knocked off visiting top seed Marymount, 5-4, in penalty kicks following a scoreless 110 minutes Thursday in the semifinal of the conference tournament.

The Oaks (12-6-1) hosts No. 3 seed Embry Riddle at 2 p.m. Saturday for the Cal Pac tournament title. Embry Riddle beat No. 2 seed UC Merced, 1-0, in the other semifinal.

Menlo senior goalie Jasmine Cordova came up with a save on Marymount's third attempt, giving Aguilar the chance to win it. She was buried by her teammates and classmates alike as Menlo celebrated its first trip to championship match in six years.

The Mariners held the advantage in shots, 12-6, and shots on goal, 8-5, though Menlo nearly cashed in a pair of opportunities late in the first half when Kayla Cisneroz and Brittany Squarcia got good looks but couldn't convert.

The Marymount attack was equally as potent in the first period, getting off five of its eight total shots on goal.

Oaks junior Maddie Napier made a field save in the 66th minute to stop Marymount's best chance during regulation.

It was the first time the Oaks had ever gone to a penalty kick shootout joining the NAIA.

Squarcia, Victoria Piazza, Brittany Wisecarver and Raquel DeJesus scored ahead of Aguilar.

Squarcia was named Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year earlier in day and was accorded first team honors along with Cisneroz.

Nina Lee and Danielle McCarthy were named to the second team. M-A grad Elizabeth Cruz, a sophomore at UC Merced, was also named to the second team.

Men's soccer

Menlo College dropped a 2-1 decision to Embry Riddle in a semifinal of the Cal Pac tournament on Thursday at La Sierra.

The Oaks (10-6-2) got a goal from Andrew Nyberg in the 55th minute to tie the match but Embry Riddle scored with less than five minutes remaining.

Issac Miselewicz assisted on Nyberg's goal.

Earlier in the day, Menlo's David Beary was named the Cal Pac Conference Newcomer of the Year. He was named to the second team along with Nyberg.

Oaks' Sebastian Bosch was named to the all-Cal Pac first team.

Women's volleyball

Menlo College swept Pacific Union on Thursday to reach Saturday's championship match against UC Merced at La Sierra.

Menlo senior Courtney Calicdan was named Player of the Year for the second straight season and named to the All-Cal Pac first team.

Calicdan ranks fourth in the NAIA in kills per game (4.93) and 16th in total kills (429).

Oaks' Kelly Sung and Courtney Wong repeated as second team selections and Atlee Hubbard Frechette was named the conference's Co-Coach of the Year.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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