The Menlo College women's soccer team did well to force overtime in its Golden State Athletic League tournament opener against No. 11 Westmont, the third seed, on Friday in Santa Barbara.
The Oaks (8-7-3) were able to fend off a ferocious Westmont(15-2-2) attack through regulation and one overtime period, though it ended with a Warriors' goal early in the second overtime.
Westmont controlled the pace of play for much of the game, taking 21 shots over the course of the contest, while Menlo managed four shots and played defensively much of the day.
Kaylin Swart showed why she deserved all-GSAC honors, as she had 10 saves in the game.
Along with dominating in shots, the Warriors had 13 corner kicks whereas Menlo did not have a corner the entire contest.
The second half was much slower for both teams as both teams combined for five shots in the half. Westmont had four shots on goal but Swart continued her stellar play and saved those attempts.
Danielle McCarthy had the only shot, following halftime, for the Oaks in the 59th minute and she missed wide right. Neither team could penetrate the others blockade and the game remained scoreless after regulation play.
In the final minute of the first overtime, Idalis Rodriguez made an amazing field block on a Warriors shot that looked like a no-doubter.
Kira Nemeth scored a goal 22 seconds into the second overtime, securing the victory for Westmont.
Menlo College dropped its final road match, 20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 20-25, 15-4 to Vanguard on Friday night.
Menlo took the first set after giving up the first four points. Menlo finished the set on a 13-8 run for the win. Menlo hit a match-best .455 in the first set compared to just .182 for Vanguard.
Both the second and third sets were closely contested and the Lions were able to survive. Menlo struggled with its efficiency in the second, hitting just .083 to Vanguards .188 but recovered in the third. Menlo out-hit the Lions .295 to .229.
Menlo led 24-20 in the third but Vanguard went on an improbable 6-0 run to come from behind.
Menlo stayed close to the Lions in the fourth set and went on a 7-2 run to take a 19-14 lead and then the set.
That fifth set was lopsided as Menlo never found a rhythm.
Emily Sunada led Menlo with 14 kills, followed by Maddie Clegg with 12 and Sierra Buscher with 10.
Monica Hruby handled the setting duties and posted 48 assists to go with 12 digs. Moe Kekauoha had 19 digs and Hannah Hudson added 16.
The loss dropped Menlo to 14-15 overall and 6-9 in the GSAC. Vanguard improved to 12-19 and 8-5 in conference action.
Menlo has one final home game remaining next Saturday at 3 p.m. against William Jessup. The Oaks will honor lone senior Kaya Johnson in a pregame ceremony prior to the match
Menlo College dropped a 74-61 decision to Eastern Oregon in its season opener, a first-round game of the Bill Holtz Warrior Classic, hosted by William Jessup, on Friday.
Ben Graham led the scoring charge for the Oaks with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting with all three of his made shots coming from the distance.
William Asplund, playing in his first game as an Oak, poured in 11 points while Rosendo AmayaWood added seven points and seven boards. John Paine was the team leader in rebounds, pulling down eight off the bench.
The Oaks continue play in the Bill Holtz Classic Saturday at 4 p.m. as they take on another Oregon opponent, Oregon Tech.
No. 18 University of Great Falls beat host Menlo, 49-43, in the season opener for both teams.
Kelsey McKeon, back from an injury that sidelined her for almost all of last season, led Menlo with 12 points and pulled down six rebounds. Ashlyn Monk had 10, while Emma Briggs grabbed eight rebounds.