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The weather was hot and the Oaks hotter in double soccer victory


Eli Bunton scored twice and the Menlo College defense took care of the rest in leading the Oaks to a 4-0 victory over host Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference men's soccer contest on Saturday.

Menlo (1-0-1 GSAC, 7-1-1 overall) fought off triple-digit temperatures in out-shooting the Firestorm, 10-3, and winning a big conference test.

Carolina Velez
Luis Nunez scored the first goal for the Oaks in the 50th minute of play. It's the fifth of the season for the freshman.

Bunton, a junior transfer, went to work on a breakout day, notching the second and third goals of the day for the Oaks to record his first multi-goal effort.

Freshman Robert Cowan found the back of the net in the 82th minute of play. Cowan's goal was his fifth, tying him with Nunez for the team lead.

Defensively, the Oaks once again held strong, fending off eight ACU shots, three of which were on frame. Keeper Alex Coates-McDowall notched his third consecutive shutout, and sixth in the last seven outings.

"I'm proud of the men for a terrific performance today in some adverse conditions on the road," Menlo coach Eric Bucchere said. "Our depth was an important piece in the victory, along with some fearless and quality moments of attacking soccer."

The Oaks will have a week to prepare for their next GSAC test on Saturday. San Diego Christian comes to Atherton for a 1:30 p.m. match, preceded by the women's match.

Women's soccer

Menlo remained unbeaten in conference play with a 2-0 road win over Arizona Christian on Saturday morning in Phoenix. The Oaks (5-1-4, 1-0-1) battled the desert sun and controlled the pace and tempo all afternoon, owning an 8-1 advantage in shots on goal over the Firestorm (2-4, 0-2).

The first goal of the match came in the 22th minute ,and was scored by senior team captain Jocelyn Aguilar off a dual assist from Brittney Wisecarver and Daniel McCarthy.

McCarthy's assist was the fifth of the season and ninth of her career, moving her into sixth place all-time at Menlo.

Carolina Velez added a goal, off senior Raquel DeJesus' corner entry, in the 69th minute. Velez recorded her second of the season while the assist was the third this season for DeJesus.

"It took us some time to get going today and develop our rhythm, but as the match went on the team did better with their decision making and execution," Oaks coach Keith Lambert said. "I'm happy that both our starters and reserves played well in today's match, with the heat we really needed all 17 field players we traveled."

After the first week of GSAC play Menlo College is one of five teams to remain unbeaten with its 1-0-1 conference record. The shutout was the seventh of the season for the Oaks and sixth in their last seven games.

"The back line and Kaylin were strong today and the attack is continuing to develop," Lambert said. "We scored in two different ways today which I was happy about."

Women's volleyball

Bailey Gamez came off the bench to record 11 kills and 12 digs but Menlo fell short, 25-10, 25-21, 25-19, in a GSAC match against visiting San Diego Christian on Saturday.

— Menlo Athletics

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