Ramirez scores to help Menlo women win GSAC soccer contest

Ariadna Ramirez scored in the first half, helping Menlo beat William Jessup on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.

Ariadna Ramirez scored her second goal of the season as the Menlo College women's soccer team win their third straight, beating host William Jessup, 2-0, on Saturday in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest.

Alaina Kualapai also scored and Rachel McCloskey added an assist for the Oaks (7-4-2, 3-3-2), who host No. 9 The Master's at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Rachel McCloskey
Menlo has outscored its opponents by a 9-1 margin over the past three matches after going 0-3-1 in its previous four matches and being outscored 6-2.

The Oaks pressured the Warriors (1-12, 1-6) from the beginning, taking a large amount of the shots in the opening minutes of the contest. Allissa Soriano got the first legitimate attempt for the Oaks on a corner kick, and it eventually produced a shot of her own that sailed wide of the post.

Kualapai had an opportunity in the box on a header that also missed wide, but then Ramirez picked things up.

The sophomore forward, who scored her first collegiate goal against San Diego Christian the previous week, in game 11, didn't wait that long to produce her second goal.

Her shot was blocked but she got a second chance on the rebound and took advantage, giving Menlo a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.

Sydney Richardson-Gorski put the first shot on goal in the second half for the Oaks, but Warrior keeper Camille Cavey saved it.

Menlo created another opportunity in the 65th minute, as McCloskey went on a run up the sideline and found Kualapai in the center of the field. She wiggled and waggled her way to the second goal of the contest.

South African Olympian Kaylin Swart recorded her fourth shutout of the year and second in as many contests.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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