Varsity Boys Soccer

Menlo 2, Harker 1

Date of competition: Friday, February 19, 2010

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The Menlo School boys' soccer team earned the West Bay Athletic League's second automatic berth for the Central Coast Section playoffs with a 2-1 victory over visiting Harker on Friday in the championship match of the league playoffs. The Knights (12-7-2) needed to win to assure themselves of a postseason berth. Otherwise, an at-large berth was the team's only hope.

In a exciting and close match, Menlo held on for the victory over Harker, which eliminated the WBAL's second-place team, Priory, in the semifinals. Only two teams from the WBAL receive automatic berths to the CCS playoffs.

With the flow of the game switching back and forth between the two sides, both teams managed to find the net in the first half. Menlo struck first with Dawson Williams scoring for the third consecutive match. In the second half, Sam Parker made a long run down the flank and unleashed a wicked shot from outside the box with barely enough room to squeak past the keeper and the far post for the winning goal. Menlo coach Mary Arya singled out center backs Coby Joseph and Henry Bard for their standout play. Menlo will discover where it will be playing next week when the CCS seeds are decided on Saturday.

posted by Palo Alto Online on Feb 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm

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