Varsity Girls Soccer

Menlo 8, Seaside 0

Date of competition: Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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The preliminaries are now over for the Menlo girls' soccer team, which breezed into the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs with an 8-0 crushing of visiting Seaside on a bright Wednesday afternoon. Things get a lot tougher for the No. 6-seeded Knights (14-2-4), who next will play No. 3 Santa Cruz (12-3-4) on Saturday at Valley Christian at 2 p.m.

If Menlo learned anything from its win over No. 11 Seaside (11-5-3) it was that it won't be able to start any more matches by missing its first 15 shots. The Knights did just that and were called for six offsides early in the first half. Menlo helped offset those problems by taking 25 shots in the first half before head coach Donoson FitzGerald stopped counting.

Seniors Nicole Fasola and Katie Baum eached scored twice with senior Mila Sheeline adding a solo tally, as did junior Kelly Cavan and sophomore Sophie Sheeline and Elyse Adler. The Knights simply dominated play and cleared their bench in the second half as to not run up the score.

CCS Division III playoffs
Seaside 0 0 -- 0
Menlo 5 0 -- 8
Menlo -- Mila Sheeline (unassisted), Kelly Cavan (Katie Baum), Nicole Fasola (Shannon Lacy), Sophie Sheeline (Norman), Baum (Cavan), Fasola (S. Sheeline), Baum (M. Sheeline), Elyse Adler (Elle Laub).
Records: Seaside finishes 11-5-3; Menlo 14-2-4

posted by Keith Peters on Feb 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Menlo sophomore Elyse Adler (second from right) receives congratulations after making it an 8-0 match with a second-half goal against Seaside in a CCS Division III opener on Wednesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo senior Nicole Fasola receives congratulations from Sophie Sheeline (14) after Fasola scored the first of her two goals in Wednesday's 8-0 victory over Seaside in a CCS Division soccer opener. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo senior Mila Sheeline (right) prepares herself before colliding with the Seaside keeper in the first half. Both players were knocked to the ground. Sheeline had the wind knocked out of her and had to leave the field. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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