Varsity Girls Soccer

Menlo School 3, Crystal Springs 0

Date of competition: Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Menlo School opened defense of its West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' soccer title with a 3-0 victory over host Crystal Springs on Thursday. The Knights (1-0, 3-2-4) jumped on top 10 minutes into the match when freshman Elena Gray knocked in a corner kick from junior Chandler Wickers from close range.

Though Menlo controlled possession throughout the half, CSU frustrated the Knights with their offsides trap. Finally, in the 35th minute, Menlo junior Sienna Stritter beat the trap with an early and accurate through ball to junior Lindsay Karle, who calmly placed her shot into the far corner past the onrushing goalkeeper for a 2-0 halftime lead. This was Karle's fourth goal in the past three games.

Menlo added its final goal in the 31st minute of the second half when junior defender Amanda McFarland's 25-yard shot dipped in just below the crossbar. Senior keeper Kelly McConnell earned the shutout, playing the entire game. She was aided by the strong play of her back line of McFarland, senior Hannah Rubin, sophomore Alexandra Walker, sophomore Jamie Corley, and sophomore Lizzie Lacy.

Menlo's next match is Saturday at home against Notre Dame-San Jose at 1 p.m.

West Bay Athletic League
Foothill Division
Menlo School 2 1 -- 3
Crystal Springs 0 0 -- 0
Menlo -- Gray (Wickers), Karle (Stritter), McFarland (unassisted)
Records: Menlo School 1-0 (3-2-4); Crystal Springs 0-2 (4-4)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

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