The Menlo College men's soccer team's scorching start to the season continued in the form of a rare Tuesday Golden State Athletic League Conference match-up. The Oaks scored once in the first half then tacked on four more in the second to pick up the 5-0 victory over visiting Arizona Christian.
The win moves Menlo to 10-2-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the conference, good for first place with 13 points. The 10-wins also marks the fastest Menlo has ever reached the 10-win mark since becoming a four-year institution in 1986. Arizona Christian fell to 4-9 overall and 0-6 in GSAC action.
In the fourth minute of action Erik Emanuelsson caught up to a perfect ball dumped ahead by defender Alex Avila and made a defender miss before burying it into the back of the net for the eventual game winner. The goal was his eighth of the season.
The Menlo defense handled things the remainder of the contest. Overall, the Oaks out-shot the Firestorm, 18-11, and held an 8-4 advantage in shots on frame. The shutout was the ninth of the season for Menlo and its fifth in the last six games.
Menlo really blew things open in the second half and did all of its damage in a 20-minute window.
Ryan Onizuka really did some damage in the second half and started his tremendous effort with a goal in the 55th minute off a Franco Varga assist.
The second of the period came, once again off the foot of Onizuka as he used a great ball from Luis Nunez to get open and did the rest for his second of the game and seventh of the campaign.
Nunez and Onizuka flipped positions on the next goal in the 77th minute as Onizuka assisted a Luis Nunez goal which was his ninth of the season. The fifth and final goal was a first for the Oaks.
Newcomer Robin Hagele who was playing in his second game of the season entered the game and just seconds later buried his first career goal off a David Beary assist to make it 5-0 where it would stay.
Menlo, who has received votes in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll for the last three weeks, gears up for a Saturday afternoon meeting with No. 12 Vanguard as the Oaks look to keep rolling in the second half of the conference schedule. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m