Varsity Girls Soccer

Menlo 2, Castilleja 0

Date of competition: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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The Menlo girls' soccer team continued its tuneup for the upcoming West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season with a 2-0 nonleague triumph over host Castilleja at the Mayfield Soccer Complex on Wednesday. The victory provided a good preview for the Knights (4-0), who will battle the Gators (2-1) in the WBAL this season.

The teams will face each other three times, but only the second two will be league matches. Castilleja originally was demoted into the WBAL Skyline Division, but league officials later reversed their decision and kept Crystal Springs in the Skyline and Castilleja in the Foothill. Thus, the Gators still have two shots of retribution.

Menlo, however, is off to a great start -- one of the best for veteran coach Donoson FitzGerald, who couldn't remember the last time his team started so well. Senior Nicole Fasola helped the Knights remain unbeaten by taking a rebound off a shot by sophomore Sophie Sheeline and finding the net in the seventh minute. Just 13 minutes later, Sheeline scored on a through ball from her sister, senior Mila, at the 20-minute mark.

Menlo freshman keeper Jula Dressel helped spark the defense along with sophomore elle Laub, senior Elitah Petty, sophomore Frannie McCarthy, sophomore Shannon Lacy and Mila Sheeline. The Knights have now scored 18 goals in their first four matches.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 10, 2009 at 9:52 am

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