Menlo College 3, UC Santa Cruz 0
Date of competition: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
By Madi Sepp
The Menlo Oaks men's soccer team came out and played a tough, competitive game against UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday afternoon. Caden Mink delivered an outstanding performance with one goal and two assists, helping the Oaks beat UCSC, 3-0. The Oaks remain unbeaten at 4-0 while UC Santa Cruz falls to 1-1.
A Slow First Half
The first forty-two minutes of the contest was scoreless, with both sides pressing tight defense. There was some great first half defense shown by Noa Kerr, Scotty Wippern, and Giovanny Gomes. This good defense seemed to be enough until the clock ran down to three minutes left, when Jesus Ortega found Mink on a ball inside the box, leading to his first collegiate goal.
The Making of Three
The Oaks came out hot in the second half, keeping the same tight defense. With 18 minutes remaining, Mink threaded a ball to Gomes, who made a quick cut up the middle, and successfully fired past the Slugs keeper. It was Gomes' first goal of the season and 10th of his career.
Three minutes later, Mink got the ball again as he began to streak up the right side of the field. With Alexandros Chaitidis in pursuit on the left wing, Mink sent a cross into the box that found Chaitidis, who proceeded to head the ball in for the third and final goal of the night. Chaitidis, a transfer from Univ. of Missouri, Kansas City, has three goals on the year, matching Tim Staerz for the team lead.
Menlo College hits the road following a 10-day layoff. The Oaks heads southeast on September 14 to take on UC Merced, with kick-off set for 7 pm. That begins a three-game road trip for the Oaks, who return home on September 26.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Sep 5, 2019 at 12:05 am
Giovanny Gomes scored for the Oaks. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.
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