Varsity Girls Soccer

Menlo School 2, Santa Cruz 0

Date of competition: Saturday, March 3, 2012

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The Menlo School girls' soccer team claimed the program's first-ever outright Central Coast Section championship with a 2-0 victory over No. 2-seeded Santa Cruz on Saturday in the Division III finals at Valley Christian in San Jose. The No. 4-seeded Knights (15-4-3) also avenged their previous title-game appearance, a loss to the Cardinals in 2000. Menlo had tied for CCS titles in 1998-90, the last one under then first-year coach Donoson FitzGerald. Now in his 23rd year, FitzGerald didn't have to share the trophy this time as his young and talented Knights lived up to to their own expectations.

Menlo finished the season with 11 shutouts in an incredible run that included its first league title since 1991. The formidiable tag team of junior goalies Kelly McConnell and Julia Dressel recorded yet another shutout. Sophomore Jaye Boissiere put the winner in on a penalty kick in the 43rd minute and fellow sophomore Chandler Wickers secured the victory with a goal in the 67th minute.

"We played a very good team," FitzGerald said. "We certainly have some incredible individuals, but this team all the way through is strong. We found a way to win with different players stepping up. It's hard to put a finger on it. I love this team. I love to see who they are as people . . . These girls kept playing at such a high level."

posted by Jorge Chen, coach on Mar 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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Menlo sophomore Lindsay Karle (left) defends against Santa Cruz during the Knights' 2-0 victory in the CCS Division III finals on Saturday. Photo by Lena Wu.

Menlo girls' soccer coach Donoson FitzGerald shows off the coaching award after his team captured its first outright CCS Division III title on Saturday. Photo by Lena Wu.

Menlo's Lindsay Karle (left) runs interference for Jay Boissiere (right), who takes control of the play while teammate Alexandra Walker watches from behind. Photo by Lena Wu. grs
 
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