Varsity Boys Soccer

Menlo 5, Mills 0

Date of competition: Saturday, January 3, 2009

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Menlo made it seven games without a loss in nonleague play with a 5-0 romp over visiting Mills on Saturday. The Knights are 5-0-2 against nonleague opposition while fashioning a 5-2-2 overall record this season. Menlo controlled the match from the start, scoring the first goal in under two minutes as senior Sam Woolf finished following terrific buildup work from junior Alex Chang. The teams battled the remainder of the first half with Menlo taking a 1-0 lead intermission, despite two near-misses by junior Jack Hessel.
The second half was a different story as the Knights dominated play. Junior Vikram Padval proved to be the crucial difference as he scored two goals in as many minutes, both from clinical through balls from senior Michael Walker. Sophomore Cristian Fajardo scored his first goal of the season off an assist from Padval and Brenden McMorrow finished the scoring with a mazy run through the Mills’ defense.
There were other notable performances, according to Menlo coach Gilles Scott, from Jackson Badger (making his first start) and Spike Lufkin and Riley Tight.
“It was an impressive all-round display from a Menlo team rapidly growing in confidence and beginning to play to their potential,” Scott said.

Mills 0 0 -- 0
Menlo 1 4 -- 5
Menlo – Woolf (Chang), Vikram Padval (Walker), V. Padval (Walker), Fajardo (V. Padval), McMorrow (unassisted).
Records: Menlo 5-2-2

posted by Palo Alto Online on Jan 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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