Mens Soccer

Menlo 4, William Jessup 4

Date of competition: Thursday, October 6, 2016

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Menlo College played its first game at home since the Pacific Union thrashing that took place back on September 7th.  A lot has changed to this point in the season for the Oaks; they have received votes to be ranked and are a perfect 3-0 in conference play. 

Menlo came into Thursday’s match against William Jessup University on a four game winning streak and were coming off a big weekend in which they beat 12th-ranked Biola University 1-0 along with defeating Arizona Christian 3-0. The Oaks have played stellar to this point in the season and wanted to keep the momentum going into another tough GSAC battle.

It was an extremely exciting match all around between Menlo and William Jessup. The scoring came in bunches as both teams combined for eight goals in the match. Menlo got things started in the seventh minute of the first half when Eli Bunton set up Luis Nunez for a header to take an early 1-0 lead.

However, the Warriors matched Menlo as they had a header of their own in the 16th minute to even things up. Six minutes later, Eli Bunton picked up his second assist of the game as he set up Ryan Onizuka  to take a 2-1 lead. The Oaks offensive onslaught did not stop there as Luiz Nunez picked up his second goal of the match after an assist by Jonny Ensch. It did not take long for William Jessup to counter as they took advantage of a penalty kick to bring the score within one. At the end of the first half, Menlo had a 3-2 lead and were 45 minutes away from their tenth victory of the season.

William Jessup had a never say die attitude and would not go quietly in the second half. The Warriors evened things up in the 50th minute of play when Jacob Rodriguez scored as he broke down the Menlo defense. Menlo would take back the lead as Eli Bunton would score on a penalty kick of his own to go along with his two assists. Not even ten minutes after Menlo took the lead, Jacob Rodriguez scored his second goal of the match to bring the score to 4-4. Menlo would get a few more chance in the second half to break the tie.

Jonny Ensch missed a shot wide, Eli Button missed a shot high, Isaac Miselewicz had his shot blocked and Ryan Onizuka missed his shot wide. The folks at Wunderlich Field got some extra soccer as the game would go to double overtime.

Both teams only combined for two shots in both overtimes and the match ended in a 4-4 draw. It was an extremely physical game as both teams combined for 30 fouls and a yellow card for both teams.

William Jessup had an advantage in the shots department as they had 25 compared to Menlo’s 17. The Warriors also had 13 shots on goal compared to Menlo’s eight.

The tie moves Menlo to a solid 9-2-1 while William Jessup now has a record of 6-3-1 on the season. The Oaks will play the second home game of this three game stand on Tuesday when they will clash with Arizona Christian. Game time is at 1 p.m. and coverage of the game will be provided live on the Menlo College Sports Network.

-- Luke Halgerson/Menlo College

posted by Rick on Oct 7, 2016 at 1:06 am

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