Varsity Girls Soccer

Menlo 3, Gunn 1

Date of competition: Saturday, December 12, 2009

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The Menlo School girls’ soccer team wrapped up the 2009 portion of the 2009-10 season with a 3-1 nonleague victory over visiting Gunn on a rainy Saturday afternoon. For the Knights, it was their sixth straight victory to open the season, the best-ever start under veteran coach Donoson FitzGerald. Menlo controlled much of the first half and jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead before holding off a strong second-half effort by Gunn.

Menlo junior Kelly Cavan hammered in a 25-yard shot that found the upper far corner of the goal in the 19th off a pass from senior Nicole Fasola to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Sophie Sheeline pounced on a rebound of a long shot by junior Ali Nahm, connecting in the 24th minute. Fasola added an important insurance goal from close range off an assist from sophomore Elyse Adler, resulting from a cross by senior Mila Sheeline in the 33rd minute. Gunn connected at the 37th -minute mark when junior Diana Wise scored on an assist from Anna von Clemm.

Menlo freshman keeper Julia Dressel had 10 saves and came up with a couple of big saves in the second half to preserve the victory. Menlo is now off until returning in January with nonleague matches against Palo Alto and Woodside. The Knights will open their West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season on Jan. 12.

Gunn 0 1 -- 1
Menlo 3 0 -- 3
Gunn – Wise (von Clemm)
Menlo -- Cavan (Fasola), So. Sheeline (Nahm), Fasola (Adler)
Records: Gunn 1-3-1; Menlo 6-0

posted by Palo Alto Online on Dec 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

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