Vanguard 1, Menlo 0
Date of competition: Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Luke Halgerson
Menlo College was coming off a devastating 1-0 overtime defeat at the hands of Arizona Christian University and looked to right the ship on Saturday with a tough test against No. 9 Vanguard. This was the third match between the two schools in their respective history with Vanguard winning the two previous games. Unfortunately for the Oaks, they were shutout for the second-straight game and fell by a 1-0 final to the Lions.
The Oaks had chances early in the first as Danielle Robinson header barely went wide left and Jelissa Blanco missed a shot wide. It was in the 12th minute that Vanguard broke the 0-0 tie when Madison Lopp broke through the back line and scored. Menlo had three good chances as Danielle McCarthy and Danielle Robinson had both of their shots blocked. McCarthy had another chance but Haley Magana made a nice save for Vanguard. The next opportunity came for Menlo when Allissa Soriano had her header attempt hit the crossbar in the 39th minute. At the end of the first half, the score was 1-0 in favor of the Lions.
The Oaks knew they had their back against the wall and were going to have to make things happen for themselves, so they went on the offensive in the second half. Brittany Squarcia had her shot blocked in the 54th minute. 10 minutes later, Danielle Robinson had her shot sent away by Lions goalie Haley Magana. Minutes later Robison and Idalis Rodriguez had both of their shots blocked. Once the game reached the 80th-minute mark, Menlo was desperate to make something happen. Jelissa Blanco had her shot saved in that in that 80th minute. Minutes later, Blanco had a free kick go just a few inches high. Blanco had one more attempt sent away in the 88th minute. After that, Vanguard played keep away and would win the match 1-0.
Menlo could not overcome an early goal by Vanguard and have now suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses at the hands of conference opponents. Menlo out shot Vanguard with a 17-16 advantage along with having more shots on goal with a 6-5 advantage. The loss moves the Oaks to 7-4-2 with a 2-3-1 record in the GSAC. Vanguard improves their record to 11-3 and now sits at 6-1 in conference play.
The Oaks will hit the road for their next game, as they will go up against 11th ranked Westmont on Thursday at 3 p.m.
posted by Rick on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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