Menlo 5, Sierra Nevada 0
Date of competition: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Menlo College played its final nonconference match Wednesday, beating Sierra Nevada, 5-0. The Oaks are now 5-1 while the Eagles fall to 1-7.
Syd's Big Day
Sydney Richardson-Gorski had appeared in 52 games during her four-year Menlo career entering Wednesday, yet never scored. That all changed in a big way as she found the back of the net twice. The first goal was set up by Jasmine Sepulveda, who scored the game's first goal about a minute before. At 26:15, she found Richardson-Gorski all alone in the top of the box, who then proceeded to rifle in her first goal. In the second half, with less than four minutes remaining, Richardson-Gorski took a ball up-field and play stopped momentarily because one official called an offside. The center judge waved that off and Richardson-Gorski kept going, beating the keeper one-on-one.
Richardson-Gorski wasn't the only Oak who recorded a big point day. Sepulveda scored the game's first goal at 18:51 after a beautiful cross from Amanda Nebozuk, given credit with her first assist this season. Not be outdone, Nebozuk would come through later in the half at 32:42 and shoot one in after a feed from Lilly Chisler, making 3-0. Speaking of multi-point days, Paula Lara-Ruiz did not allow any points on the day, keeping the Eagles off the board for her third shutout of the season, and second in three games.
Where Did She Come From?
One of the most impressive plays of the day came courtesy of Alexis Von Schottenstein. At 55:17, she took a ball that was rolling up the sideline along a pair of Eagles defenders and blew right by them, racing about 15 yards out of the play to steal the ball, take it to the corner, and deke the Eagles keeper with a juke move before finishing into the back of the net. It marks the first goal of the senior season for Von Schottenstein, owner of nine career goals as an Oak.
Menlo begins conference play with a big test right out of the gate: No. 10 Westmont College, in Santa Barbara. While the Warriors are unbeaten at 7-0-1 this season, the Oaks did beat Westmont when they were ranked in the top-ten last season for the first win over a top-ten team in program history. The contest is set for 2:30 pm.
-- Menlo Athletics
posted by Rick Eymer on Sep 27, 2018 at 12:37 am
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