Varsity Boys Soccer

Menlo-Atherton 2, San Mateo 0

Date of competition: Monday, February 6, 2012

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The Menlo-Atherton boys' soccer team rode two first-half goals to a 2-0 victory over visiting San Mateo while re-taking the lead in the PAL Bay Division race on Monday. The Bears, who beat the Bearcats a week ago Friday to take the division lead, actually fell into third place last week despite not losing -- after Sequoia shook up the standings by forfeiting two matches due to an ineligible player. A victory over Sequoia last Friday moved M-A back into second place, setting the showdown for first place on Monday.

Senior Edgardo Molina gave the Bears (7-0-3, 12-0-4) a quick 1-0 lead in the 37th minute of the first half when he finished a rebound off a corner kick. When less than 27 minutes left in the first half, M-A senior Aaron Oro was tackled just outside the penalty box and converted a free kick for a 2-0 advantage.

After that, the Bears withstood constant offensive pressure from San Mateo (7-2-1, 12-2-2), which fell two points behind M-A (24 points) in the PAL Bay Division race. M-A lost junior defender Daniel Gil to an early injury, which forced M-A coach Jacob Pickard to move junior Alexei Lopez from offense to defense, which was solid throughout the day. Oscar Perez, William Lyons, William Cabral and Kevin Gutierrez put up a good defensive front to help out keeper Jonathan Nash, who made a few solid saves but didn't need anything spectacular to preserve the shutout.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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posted by Keith Peters on Feb 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Menlo-Atherton's Will Cabral (23) controls the action with a header during the Bears' 2-0 victory over San Mateo on Monday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo-Atherton's Alexei Lopez (24) played both offense and defense for the Bears while filling in for an injured teammate during a 2-0 win over San Mateo on Monday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.H

Flint Mitchell (left) of Menlo-Atherton looks to pass the ball against San Mateo's Angel Mejia during the Bears' 2-0 victory on Monday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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