Varsity Boys Soccer

Menlo 2, Pinewood 0

Date of competition: Friday, February 6, 2009

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The showdown is all set for the West Bay Athletic League title in boys' soccer following victories by the top two teams on Friday. First-place Sacred Heart Prep beat Harker, 3-1, while visiting Menlo was beating Pinewood, 2-0.

Sacred Heart (10-3, 30 points) will host Menlo (8-2-3, 27 points) on Monday at 3 p.m., to decide the title. The Gators (11-9 overall) need no worse than a tie to claim the crown while the Knights (11-4-4 overall) need a victory. Both teams, however, are headed to the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs.

Menlo picked up its victory with an own goal and a regular goal by Jonathan Melgar, with an assist from Connmor Barnett, both in the second half. The Knights dominated from the start and the scoreline really could have been far more lopsided. Melgar, Matthew Carvell and Jack Hessel all missed golden opportunities while both Charles LeMoullac and Hessel hit the woodwork to keep the Pinewood keeper busy along with some of his own exceptional saves.

Menlo's first goal was a rather fortuitous one, the ball going in off the goalkeeper's head after good work from senior Michael Walker. Melgar made the game safe near the end, however with a shot from the top of the box that capped an excellent performance from him.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm

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Only the league champion has an automatic CCS berth. The 2nd place thru 5th place teams will play a single elimination (2 plays 5 & 3 plays 4 with the 2 winners playing) tournament Wed next week (1st round) & Fri next week (2 winners play) to determine the 2nd CCS berth.
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posted by Mike Morris, coach on Feb 6, 2009 at 11:18 pm
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