Oaks men grab a victory in the soccer season opener


Eli Bunton and Woodside High grad Luis Nunez each scored in the first half and the Menlo College men's soccer team opened its season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Stanislaus State on Tuesday.

Alex Coates-McDowall recorded seven saves for the Oaks, who kept the Warriors out of the net over the final 72 minutes of play.

Luis Nunez
Menlo hosts Willamette on Saturday at 11 a.m., the first half of a men's and women's soccer doubleheader. The Menlo women host College of Idaho.

The Warriors got on the board first, scoring in the 18th minute on a shot just inside the crossbar.

Menlo evened the contest six minutes later when Bunton successfully accepted a challenge from the Warriors goalkeeper, who came out of the net. Bunton tapped the ball past the charging keeper after taking a cross from David Beary.

Beary also instigated the Oaks' winning attack with a through pass to Nunez, who rifled the ball into the top right corner.

Menlo was outshot, 15-9, including 8-6 on goal, but Coates-McDowall, an all-Golden State Athletic Conference pick, with Bunton, last year, was up to the task.

The Oaks finished 8-7-3 in its first year with the GSAC.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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