Menlo College 2, William Jessup 0
Date of competition: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
For the final time during the regular season, Menlo College women's soccer took the pitch at Wunderlich Field in front of their home fans and once again entertained them with a solid game from start to finish. Building from one of their best wins of the year on Saturday, the Oaks kept up the momentum and downed William Jessup University 2-0, giving the Oaks their first win streak of the season. The Oaks improve to 5-6-1 (3-3) while the Warriors fall to 3-12 (1-5).
Starting with Speed
Menlo wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, turning to their fastest and most elusive player to do what she does best. Menlo-Atherton grad Zoe Bell had possession of the ball in the midfield and rolled a lead pass into the right corner for Kori-Ann Koverman, who took care of the rest. She cut up along the goal line, and weaved around a pair of defenders before getting right up towards the post and Camille Cavey, the keeper for William Jessup. She fired short side and beat her for the goal just 8:19 into the contest, giving the Oaks a 1-0 lead on Koverman's fifth goal
. A Little Help Doesn't Hurt
Menlo did not need an insurance goal based on the way the game flowed, but they wound up getting an insurance goal courtesy of another play set up by Koverman. She traveled with possession of the ball horizontally across the top of the box and turned to her left to let go a shot, which wound up being blocked. The ricochet went right to an open Lilly Chisler, who once again went short side on Cavey and beat her, making it a 2-0 game at 73:46. It was the second goal of the season for Chisler and helped the Oaks achieve their magic number of two: Menlo has not lost a game when they score at least two goals.
Michelle Gonzalez recorded her fourth shutout of the season, making two saves in the contest. William Jessup did get 11 shots off, making for a bit more of an adventurous time for Gonzalez than the stats indicate.
Check of the Standings
Menlo's win ensures they will remain in playoff position in the GSAC as they head into the final week of the season. The Oaks are 3-3 in the GSAC and currently own the fifth seed in the playoffs.
Menlo has the weekend free before they travel down to southern California for the final weekend of the regular season. The Oaks take on #13 Vanguard on Thursday, October 31, and then Hope International on Saturday, November 2.
posted by Rick on Oct 24, 2019 at 1:02 am
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