Mens Soccer

Menlo College 2, Cal State Monterey Bay 1

Date of competition: Saturday, August 31, 2019

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After beginning the season unbeaten at home, Menlo College men's soccer hit the road for the first time in 2019, travelling to take on CSU Monterey Bay. Foes in regulation for the first time since 2003 on the Menlo side (this game was an exhibition for the Otters), the match lived up to the hype of an NAIA team taking on an NCAA DII opponent. Buoyed by two goals before the Otters could get on the board, Menlo held off a strong attack from CSUMB and won with a 2-1 final. Menlo improves to 3-0 on the young season.

Holding Off the Otters
Menlo played defense for a majority of the contest. The Oaks were outshot 16-4, including 8-2 on frame, and had trouble generating many consistent offensive attacks. Oaks goalkeeper Andres Zimmermann sprawled out to make several stellar saves in the first half and he had to come up big late in the contest with the Otters trying to find the equalizer. He recorded six saves overall. The Oaks defense deserve credit for preventing more shots from being taken.

The Silencer
While the Oaks were seemingly outplayed early, they were able to get on the board first thanks to some beautiful work from Evan Snodgrass and Noa Kerr. Snodgrass took a ball into the corner with a ton of real estate to work, and set up a perfect cross for Kerr. It found his feet, and he was able to shoot past the keeper for CSUMB and into the back of the net for his second goal in as many games, coming at 20:31 into the match. It gave the Oaks a jolt of energy and seemed to somewhat deflate the Otters, who played great soccer up until that point.

Thank You, Post
The second goal of the game for Menlo came in an almost miraculous fashion, and was once again set up by Snodgrass. In a similar way to the first goal of the Simpson match from Tim Staerz, Snodgrass found himself in a one-on-one situation after he beat out the defender for the Otters in the box. He just had to get around the keeper for the Otters, and his shot did somehow squirt through the goalie. The only issue is that his ball glanced off the near post and rolled into a vacant area in front of the goal. Fortunately, Staerz was there in close pursuit and rifled it in for his third goal of 2019, giving the Oaks a 2-0 lead, one they would not relinquish.

Up Next
Menlo returns home for another match with an NCAA opponent as Menlo welcomes UC Santa Cruz to Wunderlich Field on Wednesday, September 4. Kick-off is set for 4:30 pm and the match will be streamed live on the Menlo College Sports Network.

posted by Menlo Athletics on Aug 31, 2019 at 9:00 pm

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