Menlo School boys wrap up a CCS soccer playoff berth


The Menlo School boys are returning to the Central Coast Section soccer playoffs after defeating visiting Crystal Springs, 3-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match Friday.

Even with a match left, the Knights (7-2-2, 11-4-2) will finish ahead of third-place Sacred Heart Prep (5-4-1, 8-7-3) in the standings and trail only King's Academy (9-0-1).

Against the Gryphons, Menlo overcame a 1-0 deficit 20 minutes into the first half. Then, senior Will Chisholm and the Knights made it a day to remember. The Knights pulled into a tie after Chisholm scored on a feed from fellow senior Matt Joss on Senior Day.

In the second half, sophomore Dylan Williams connected with Chisholm twice to send the Knights to the postseason with one league game remaining next Friday.

"This senior class is special for me because as my fourth year in charge of boys soccer they have helped me transform the program," Menlo coach Marc Kerrest said. "Many of them have started since their sophomore year and they've been very successful. Now we look forward to CCS, where we will look to go on a run."

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton remained tied with Aragon atop the standings following a 2-1 victory over host Burlingame on Friday. Aragon defeated Sequoia, knocking the Cherokees into second place.

M-A's Kyle Smith scored in the first half off an assist from Patrick Quinn as the Bears (8-2-2, 12-3-2) battled to a 1-1 deadlock. After intermission, Smith assisted on the game-winning goal by Jean Claverie.

The Bears (26 points) have two matches remaining and have all but locked up an automatic berth into the CCS playoffs. Sequoia has 23 points and fourth-place Carlmont has 22.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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