Varsity Boys Soccer

Menlo School 2, Harker 0

Date of competition: Friday, February 14, 2014

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The Menlo School boys defeated visiting Harker, 2-0, in a physical West Bay Athletic League contest on Senior Day to keep their Central Coast Section soccer hopes alive. Harker got off to a strong start as it quickly put the Knights (10-5-3 overall, 8-3-1 in league) under pressure and were unfortunate not to take the lead. The Eagles served a dangerous cross off a throw-in that ended up in the back of the net but was called back for offsides. The scare awoke Menlo and it responded by increasing its energy level and pressuring the Harker goal. The Knights looked to have gone ahead after sophomore midfielder Matt Joss headed home off a set piece but again the goal was called back, this time for a foul elsewhere in the box.

Menlo started the second half with more desire and determination. Midway through the half, sophomore striker Will Chisholm was played in by fellow sophomore Keaton Shiveley, turned his defender in the box and beat the Eagles' keeper at his near post to put the Knights ahead. Having seized the momentum, Menlo put the game away a minute later. Senior captain John Strong served a dangerous ball to the back post that Joss headed off the post before sophomore striker Tyler McGraw bundled it home.

Harker stepped up their intensity as the Eagles fought to get back in the game but were unable to beat junior keeper Alex Moore, who recorded his seventh league shutout. The back line of seniors Travis Chambers and captain Justin Wang and sophomores Andrew Arnold and Michael Quezada put in another solid performance in the win.

posted by Menlo School Athletics on Feb 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

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