Prep report: Menlo girls rally for WBAL soccer victory

Menlo's Catie Cassani (left) is congratulated by Cameron Boom (2) and Emily Tse after Cassani's second goal and the eventual winner. Photo by Pam McKenney/Menlo Athletics.

Senior Catie Cassani scored twice, including the game winner, and Menlo School opened West Bay Athletic League play Thursday with a comeback victory, 4-3, over visiting Notre Dame Belmont.

Cassani scored on a free kick with less than 20 minutes to play, snapping a 3-3 tie and extending the Knights (9-1, 1-0) winning streak to five.

Menlo travels to play The King's Academy in Sunnyvale at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Tigers (5-5, 0-1) were up, 2-0, in the first 10 minutes before Menlo rallied to tie the match by halftime.

The Knights broke the 2-2 tie nine minutes into the second half when senior Alexa Thomases took a pass from senior Emily Tse and converted with 31 minutes left.

Notre Dame tied the score 10 minutes later, setting up Cassani, who has recorded back-to-back multi-goal matches, for the eventual winner.

Cassani also scored Menlo's first goal off a feed from Thomases. Freshman Carolina Espinosa scored the equalizer on an assist from junior Avery Patel with four minutes left in the first half.

In the WBAL Skyline Division, Notre Dame San Jose topped visiting Pinewood, 6-0, and Harker beat Eastside Prep, 3-0.

Yara Gomez Zavala and Samantha Cotto each scored a goal and Menlo-Atherton beat host Aragon in a Peninsula Athletic League match on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Maggie Malecek recorded the shutout for the Bears (3-6-1, 1-1), who host Woodside at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Woodside (5-5-1, 2-1) edged visiting Terra Nova, 1-0, on Thursday.

Boys basketball

Kehillah Jewish recorded a 64-54 victory over visiting Summit Shasta in a Private Schools Athletic League contest Thursday.

The Rams (6-3, 2-1) meet Design Tech at the Oracle Gym in Redwood Shores at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Girls basketball

Rebekah Estay scored 15 points and Summit Shasta beat host Kehillah Jewish, 46-15, on Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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