Mens Soccer

Menlo 5, William Jessup 1

Date of competition: Saturday, October 13, 2012

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Three second half goals provided Menlo the knockout punch they needed, turning a 2-1 halftime lead into a 5-1 victory over the visiting Warriors of William Jessup (3-8).

With the win, the Oaks remain perfect in the California Pacific Conference, boasting a 3-0 record with an overall mark of 7-2-3.

Junior Andrew Cota put together an afternoon to remember in racking up six total points on two goals and two assists, shooting the ball 11 times, nine of which were on goal. The sterling showing might have even caught Cota off guard.

“I’m surprised, I had no idea it was that many shots,” claimed the dynamic forward on his stellar performance. “I just found the right spots and right holes, and just tried to put them [shots] away.”

Cota opened the match’s scoring with two goals in the first 21 minutes of play, the second of which sent chills throughout the packed Wunderlich Field crowd. After receiving a strong feed from Giuseppe Frattaroli, Cota wound up from well outside the box, let loose, and snuck one top shelf, far post, past Jessup keeper Tim Rusher to put the Oaks ahead 2-0. Cota’s two goals now give him 13 on the year and five in three conference matches.

Fast forward to just 44 seconds left in the first half, and not only did the Warriors earn their first goal, they had their first shot on net. Off a free kick, Kyle Dyck put one in the back of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1 heading into the break. It would turn out to be the only Jessup shot on goal the entire match.

The Oaks came out swinging in the second half, scoring on three separate occasions to put the game out of reach. Hugo Conchas tallied his fourth goal in Cal Pac play, Giuseppe Frattaroli notched his first of the year, and even defender Eric Tilbury got in on the fun with a header into the back of the net for the Oaks fifth goal and his first of 2012.

Menlo will look to keep their perfect conference record intact, traveling to second place Simpson University on Wednesday, October 17th. The Oaks have now won five of their last six matches, and as far as Cota is concerned, the team appears to have momentum on their side.

“We are hitting our stride now,” said the junior from Santa Clara. “We know how good we can be, and how good we will have to be to continue to win. I think we are going to be dangerous going forward.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm.

Dylan Vazzano
Menlo College Athletics
Sports Information Director


posted by dv on Oct 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

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