Menlo College 6, William Jessup 0
Date of competition: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
It's tough to envision a better way your final home game of the regular season played out as it did for Menlo College's men's soccer team Wednesday. The Oaks maintained their hold on third place in the Golden State Athletic Conference with an emphatic 6-0 victory over William Jessup University. The Oaks scored three times in both halves to improve to 10-4 (4-2). The Warriors fall to 4-9-2 (2-3-1).
Natty Hatty for Gomes
While the Oaks already had the game in hand during the second half, Giovanny Gomes wanted in on the goal scoring fun. Gomes received a pass from Evan Snodgrass just 3:11 into the second half and fired it into the back of the net for his first goal of the game and his fourth overall for Menlo. At 71:38, Gomes was not done, taking a pass on a quick rush from Trey Taniguchi and shooting from the left to score again, his fourth career multi-goal game. Another 40 seconds later, Gomes received a ball from Noah Aini in the same spot on the field, made one extra cut to his left, and directed it into the back of the net for a hat trick.
One man who seemed like he was going to be in the spotlight was Snodgrass, who contributed to three of the first four goals of the game. He got on the board first after Noa Kerr took a shot that was saved, and then the rebound was quickly passed to him from Tim Staerz. Positioned by the near post, Snodgrass shot it and found the back of the net, giving the Oaks a 1-0 lead at 12:53. He then helped out on a beautiful corner kick goal from Carl Helmertz, who bent a ball into the top corner after receiving a short side pass on the corner from Snodgrass. His four-point day helped the Oaks to their best offensive performance of the year.
The Oaks received another shutout from Andres Zimmermann and the defense, the third consecutive shutout win and fifth of the season.
Good Follow Up
After winning his GSAC Offensive Player of the Week award, Staerz followed with a goal and an assist, giving him seven points in his past three games. He leads the team in goals with nine in 11 games.
Menlo hits the road as it completes the regular season, beginning October 31 with a match at Vanguard, and on November 2 against Hope International. The game at Vanguard is pivotal, as a win would move the Oaks into the second spot in the conference standings and put them in position for a first-round bye in the postseason tournament.
posted by Rick on Oct 24, 2019 at 12:55 am
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