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Menlo helps celebrate OAKtoberFest with pair of soccer wins


The Menlo College women's soccer used patience and then a sudden flurry of goals to beat visiting Arizona Christian, 3-0, Saturday in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest.

The Oaks (8-3-4 overall, 4-2-1 GSAC) hope they can repeat the formula when No. 8 Westmont visits for a 3:30 p.m. conference match on Thursday.

Eli Bunton
Menlo and the Firestorm played nearly an hour of scoreless soccer before freshman Alissa Soriano scored the go-ahead goal, getting some crisp passing from Danielle McCarthy and Jelissa Blanco to set her up for the score.

McCarthy added a pair of goals within a minute of each other to give the Oaks a lot of room for breathing easy. Brittany Wisecarver and Jocelyn Aguilar assisted on McCarthy's first goal, which came in the 86th minute.

Less than a minute later, McCarthy recorded her second goal, taking advantage of a deflected shot and a goalkeeper on the ground.

McCarthy has eight goals on the season and 26 for her career, two shy of matching the Menlo career goals record.

Menlo keeper Kaylin Swart made a pair of saves and combined with the solid back line, the Oaks earned ninth shutout of the season.

Men's soccer

Menlo got a much-needed win on Saturday, downing Arizona Christian, 1-0, on Wunderlich Field as part of the OAKtoberFest weekend. The Oaks were 0-3-1 in their previous four matches.

Eli Bunton knocked home a free kick early in the second frame for the margin of victory.

Bunton's score was set up by a consistent Menlo attack that kept Arizona Christian on its heels. An attempt at a back post cross caught the hand of a Firestorm defender just outside the box and set up the Oaks free kick.

Oscar Reyes and Bunton lined up and Reyes stepped over the ball. Bunton hit it perfectly past the keeper and into the upper right portion of the net.

The defense settled in from there and held the Firestorm to just two total shots in the second half and four for the game. The shutout was the seventh of the season for the stingy Menlo defense and the fourth for keeper Alex Coates-McDowall who had one save in the contest.

Menlo outshot Arizona Christian 11-4 and held a 2-0 advantage in corners. Yohan Mejia, Ryan Onizuka and Bunton each had three shots, with Mejia leading the team with two on frame.

The win brings Menlo's point total to eight and puts them in sixth place in the conference. The Oaks improve to 8-4-2 overall and 2-3-2 in the GSAC.

— Menlo Athletics

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