Varsity Girls Soccer

Menlo School 2, Sacred Heart Prep 1

Date of competition: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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The Menlo School girls' soccer team wrapped up its first league title in 21 years with a 2-1 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) regular-season final. The Knights, who last won a league title in 1991 when they played in the Girls Private School League, needed only a tie to end their title drought but went out as winners and a 10-game win streak.

On Senior Day, it was senior Elle Laub who got Menlo (11-1, 13-4-2) rolling with a header off a corner kick by sophomore Chandler Wickers in the 16th minute. It was her first goal of the season after missing 14 games with a leg injury.

Three-time defending champ Sacred Heart Prep (8-3-1, 10-5-5) answered in the 33rd minute when junior Kendall Jager got free for a moment and launched a shot from 18-yards out and over the out-stretched hands of a leaping Menlo goalie, Julia Dressel.

The Gators missed a great opportunity to take the lead in the third minute of the second half when junior Ali Jordan had a one-on-one with Menlo junior keeper Kelly McConnell, who rushed out to snuff the shot. SHP got the rebound and fired off another shot, but Menlo defenders Hannah Rubin and Shannon Lacy covered the goal mouth and kept the attempt out of the net.

In the 17th minute, Menlo continued to push at the offensive end and Wickers was able to convert for a 2-1 lead off an assist from Sienna Stritter. It was Wickers' 14th goal in WBAL play. Menlo's defense of senior Shannon Lacy, junior Hannah Rubin, junior Rachel Pinsker, sophomore Amanda McFarland, and freshmen Alexandra Walker were under pressure but played good team defense and came up with many big defensive stops.

posted by Keith Peters on Feb 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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