Menlo, SHP girls set for first-place showdown in the WBAL

Senior midfielder Sienna Stritter had three goals to lead host Menlo School to a 5-0 victory over King's Academy in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' soccer action on Tuesday.

The Knights improved to 6-0-1 in league (10-3-2 overall) and remained mathematically tied for first place with Sacred Heart Prep (5-0-1, 11-1-2), which picked up a forfeit win over Pinewood on Tuesday.

Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep will meet for a second time on Thursday at the Knights' field at 2:45 p.m., with sole possession of first place hanging in the balance. The teams tied in their first meeting.

On Tuesday, Menlo's only first-half goal came with just four minutes remaining in the first half on Stritter's 18-yard shot into the corner of the goal off an assist from junior Alexander Walker.

Stritter's second goal came three minutes into the second half on a 15-yard unassisted shot. Next, senior Chandler Wickers tallied from 10 yards out on an assist from senior Emma LaPorte in the seventh minute. Then Stritter completed her hat trick on a 12-yard blast off an assist from sophomore Zoe Enright in the 17th minute.

Freshman Claire McFarland scored in the 35th minute from close range off an assist from her sister, senior Claire. Sophomore keeper Schuyler Tilney-Volk and the Menlo team earned their sixth consecutive shutout.

Elsewhere in the WBAL Foothill Division, visiting Priory posted a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame-San Jose at Watson Park. Alicia Talancon scored an unassisted goal in the 28th minute for the winning tally. In the 55th minute, Erin Simpson scored ona penalty kick. Talancon finished the scoring in the 64th minute off an assist from Brenda Uribe.

Pinewood (2-6, 3-13) had to forfeit to SHP because the Panthers had only eight healthy players.

"As much as we don't like to do that, the circumstances were such that it wouldn't have made sense to confront Sacred Heart Prep, one of two uneaten teams in our league, with only eight players," said Pinewood coach Michael Tetzlaff. "We hope that Thursday against Castilleja (at Mayfield Soccer Complex) not only will we field a complete squad, but that we also will be competitive against them."

The Mercy-San Francisco at Castilleja match on Tuesday was not reported.

In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton took a shot at first place and missed as the visiting Bears (4-2-1, 8-2-3) dropped a 3-0 decision to first-place Woodside (5-1-1, 10-1-2) as the Wildcats (16 points) opened a three-point lead over the Bears (13 points), who fell to fourth place.

Burlingame (4-0-3, 7-2-4), meanwhile, moved into second place (15 points) following a 1-0 win over San Mateo. Carlmont (4-1-2, 7-3-3) took over third with 14 points following a 4-0 win over Sequoia.

In the first half, Woodside scored off of a free kick when an initial block by junior keeper Jacqueline Foody left the ball in front of the goal where a miss-clear by a defender was finished by Heather Seybert of Woodside from the top of the box. Woodside forced a total of four saves from Foody in the 1st half -- including a great punch over the top save. Two other shots from Woodside hit the crossbar and the post.

In the second half, M-A sophomore keeper Ilana Winawer also made four saves -- including two on 1 v. 1 breakaways. The M-A defense had trouble against the speedy Woodside team as Jillienne Aguilar scored two unassisted goals in the second half by beating defenders with her speed and touch.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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