Varsity Boys Soccer

Menlo School 2, Eastside Prep 0

Date of competition: Friday, January 10, 2014

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The Menlo School boys soccer team (2-0, 4-2-2) remained tied for first place in the West Bay Athletic League with a 2-0 victory over visiting Eastside Prep on Friday. Eastside Prep opened the game on the front foot and was almost ahead in the first few minutes. The Panthers floated a ball in from the left wing that the Knights' defense failed to deal with, allowing an Eastside player to sneak in at the back post and float a header over junior goalkeeper Alex Moore. Fortunately for Menlo the ball caromed off the post and was then secured by Moore to end the danger.

The opening scare awoke the Knights and they proceeded to produce a few chances of their own. Senior captain John Strong and junior midfielder Peter Rosston each put sophomore striker Will Chisholm through on goal only for his runs to be thwarted by a combination of the Panthers' defense and their strong goalie. The Knights sustained pressure ultimately led to consecutive corner kicks. On the second attempt, sophomore midfielder Matt Joss convincingly won his header at the back post only to be denied by an Eastside defender's hand on the line. The referee pointed to the penalty spot after some help from his linesman and senior captain Justin Wang stepped up, calmly beating the Panthers' goalie to put the Knights ahead.

The second half started much like the first ended with both teams creating chances in a fairly wide open contest. Chisholm helped extend the Menlo lead after beating a defender on the end line and drawing a clear foul in the box, which the referee had no choice but to give. Wang was again up to the task, wrong-footing the Eastside goalie for his fourth goal of the season. The Panthers fought hard to get themselves back in the game, creating a few dangerous chances, but Menlo's back line of sophomores Andrew Arnold and Michael Quezada and seniors Wang and Travis Chambers helped Moore secure his second consecutive shutout and fourth in the past five games.

"That was a very good team we played today and we can be proud of the result we achieved" said second- year head coach Marc Kerrest. "We worked extremely hard on both ends of the field. If we can continue to play with that kind of energy, belief and endeavor we have a chance to put together a very successful season."

Menlo next takes the field on Wednesday at home against rival Sacred Heart Prep.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

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