Varsity Boys Soccer

Menlo School 3, Los Altos 0

Date of competition: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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The Menlo School boys' soccer team used a solid team effort to defeat a strong Los Altos team, 3-0, in nonleague action on Wednesday. The Knights improved to 3-1-1. Midway through the first half, Menlo senior Andrew Schmitt collected the ball after a long punt from senior goalie Timmy Costa and played fellow senior Ryan Karle in behind the defense. Karle initially looked for a teammate before firing a swerving shot with the outside of his foot past the Los Altos keeper for the opening goal.

Menlo continued to frustrate Los Altos with its staunch defending and scored a second goal 10 minutes later on a great individual effort by senior Max Parker. He received the ball in his own half from senior Beau Baldwin, dribbled down the line and ultimately ran past the Los Altos defense, calmly slotting the ball beyond the Los Altos keeper for a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, Menlo senior defender Jack Redman and junior Justin Wang did an admirable job keeping the Los Altos attacks at bay. On the few occasions when Los Altos found a way through, Costa made some decisive saves, collecting his third clean sheet of the season. Midway through the second half, Menlo took advantage of a Los Altos turnover and, after Parker's initial shot was saved, Schmitt was there to tap home his third goal in the past three games.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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