Late goal stings Menlo College in GSAC women's soccer match


Hope International's Jazzmyn Esquivel scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in the first overtime period, handing visiting Menlo a 2-1 setback in Golden State Athletic Conference play Thursday.

The Oaks (4-3-2, 0-2-1) remain on the road, playing at No. 7 Vanguard at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Among the bright spots for the Oaks is Maya Mogensen, who made the move from goalkeeper to forward in her senior season. She has become one of the more prolific goal scorers in this offense.

The Oaks put some pressure on the Royals five minutes into the match, set up by a corner kick from Allissa Soriano.

The ball soared to a Royals defender, who deflected it to Mogensen, who fired into the center of the net and scored for a 1-0 lead.

Menlo goalie Kaylin Swart made three saves in the opening period, with a lot of those coming in the first five minutes of play after the Royals peppered her with a few early shots.

The Menlo defense tightened the rest of the half and controlled play.

Royals Leigha Williams scored at 66:49 to tie the game. Jade Perez led Williams into the box where she played it from the left wing and fired it past Swart for the goal.

The last opportunity for the Oaks came at 88:10, when Amanda Nebozuk had a shot blocked in front of the net, forcing overtime.

With less than two minutes in the first overtime, Soriano had a shot turned away. It led to a corner kick and a shot from Sydney Richardson-Gorski that went wide left with less than a minute to go.

Esquivel found the magic touch, taking the ball up the field and beating Swart for the game winning goal.

— Menlo Athletics

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