Menlo women headed to NAIA national soccer tournament


Even after Brittany Wisecarver gave the Menlo College women's soccer team a one-goal advantage in the second half, there was still too much time to eat off the clock.

Oaks' goalkeeper Jasmine Cordova and the defense was up to task, helping Menlo earn a trip to the NAIA national tournament following a 2-1 victory over visiting Embry Riddle in the championship match of the Cal Pac tournament.

The Oaks (12-6-1) will find out who they play during Monday's selection show at 11 a.m. that will be streamed live on the NAIA website.

Menlo entered the tournament as the fourth seed following a season full of adversity that included team chemistry with a team full of new faces and dealing with critical, season-ending injuries.

The first step was knocking off top seeded Marymount on penalty kicks and it continued through Saturday's nail-biting contest.

Over the final 10 minutes, the Eagles got off four shots and had a pair of free kicks that went to the wayside thanks to the strong effort of Cordova and the Menlo defense.

The Oaks controlled the flow of the game through the first 10 minutes, creating numerous chances without getting rewarded.

Wisecarver got the ball to Jelissa Blanco, who found an opening and fired off a shot that just passed over the fingertips of the Eagles' goalkeeper.

Embry Riddle got the equalizer in the 40th minute when Chelsea Page picked off a pass and streaked behind the Oaks' defense.

Danielle McCarthy's smooth pass in the box found Wisecarver, who buried the game winner in the 58th minute.

Menlo held a 19-10 advantage in shots, including 8-6 in shots on goal. The Oaks also benefited from a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Women's volleyball

Cal Pac Conference Player of the Year Courtney Calicdan had 20 kills and 20 digs and Menlo College downed UC Merced, 25-23, 28-26, 23-25, 25-16, in the championship match of the Cal Pac tournament Saturday night at La Sierra.

Kelly Sung recorded 50 assists, Ana Bechtel added 13 kills and Renn Isobe added 24 digs for the Oaks (17-10), who qualified for the NAIA national tournament for the third straight season.

Emma Oehler had 16 digs and Courtney Wong 14 for Menlo, which has won seven of its last eight matches and 9 of 11, with the lone losses coming to the NAIA's No. 2 ranked team and No. 4 ranked team.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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