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Menlo College soccer honored on all-GSAC selections

 

Menlo College Men's Soccer features three players on the All-GSAC team for 2016: Efrain Bonilla, Eli Bunton, and Alex Coates-McDowall. For Bonilla, he also received the GSAC Newcomer of the Year award while Bunton and Coates-McDowall were named to the All-GSAC team for the second consecutive year.

Efrain Bonilla made an instant impact for the Oaks in his first season in Navy and White. A junior transfer from Las Positas College, Bonilla was one of the most involved midfielders for Menlo all year long.

He appeared in 15 games, made 14 starts, and registered an assist. His biggest contributions came off the stat sheet, being a leader in passing efficiency, defense, and ball control.

Bunton ended his senior season in a big way, finishing with the second highest goal total of any player on Menlo (7). He also added 6 assists to tie for the team lead in that category, and his 20 points put him in third on the team.

Coates-McDowall recorded one of the best seasons of any school goalkeeper in recent history. The senior from York, England set the single-season record for most shutouts with 7 and allowed 0.905 goals per game, earning himself an 11-2-1 record.

The all-GSAC women's soccer team includes three Oaks standouts. Junior defender Nina Lee, junior midfielder Rachel McCloskey and junior keeper Kaylin Swart all cracked the list. It was the first time earning this honor for both the transfer from Minnesota Rachel McCloskey and Nina Lee and the second time Swart has achieved this recognition.

Lee was a key component of a Menlo back line that posted some solid numbers all year long en route to finishing the regular season as the fourth-best defense statistically in the GSAC allowing just .94 goals per game.

Lee was an anchor in the backline, starting all 17 games in her junior season. In addition to her defensive prowess, Lee scored her first career goal in the season opener against College of Idaho on August 20.

McCloskey transferred to the Oaks from University of Minnesota and immediately made an impact as a facilitator and game controller in the Menlo midfield.

She started all 17 games for the navy and white and scored her first career goal as an Oak on Sept. 29 against Arizona Christian. She also added a pair of assists in games against Soka and William Jessup.

Swart earned all-conference honors a season ago and went on to claim All-American status following her sophomore year.

This season, Swart improved on her impressive sophomore campaign and posted a .82 goals against average and tallied seven shutouts. Swart made 79 saves and also utilized her big boot and ability to facilitate and control the game to aid Menlo in a fantastic defensive season.

Women's soccer concluded the regular season with an 8-6-3 overall record and 3-5-2 mark in conference play. They earned their second consecutive trip to the GSAC tournament by earning the No. 6 seed. They will face off against Westmont in Santa Barbara on Friday at 2 p.m.

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