Both teams started all over again this time around and will match unbeaten records against each other in Friday's 3 p.m. West Bay Athletic League contest at Menlo.
Sacred Heart Prep handed the Knights their only league loss of the 2018-19 campaign. The teams also played to a scoreless draw.
Menlo (6-0-3) opened its league season Wednesday with a 7-1 victory over host The King's Academy. It was Kerrest's 100th coaching victory at Menlo.
The Gators (6-0-1) also had an easy time of it, beating visiting Priory 9-0 in their WBAL opener.
Friday's match will be anything except a high-scoring affair as both teams are noted for defensive superiority. SHP allowed 10 goals all of last year, three in league. Menlo ranked second in scoring defense, allowing 10 league goals and 21 overall.
So far this season, the Gators are outscoring opponents by a 29-1 margin. The Knights own a 27-7 scoring margin.
They each have effective scorers too in Sacred Heart Prep's Liam Johnson and Menlo's Christian Corcoran. It takes a team, though, to create scoring opportunties.
Junior Kevin Sandoval scored twice to help Menlo beat TKA and help Kerrest record his milestone.
"I'm a little surprised when I hear the number but all it really means is that I've been fortunate to coach at Menlo for a long time, coach a lot of great players and learn from and coach with a lot of great coaches," Kerrest said. "I am very demanding of my players and am fortunate to consistently coach teams that are ready to work hard and be their best."
Longtime Menlo coach Donoson FitzGerald, who coached Kerrest at College Prep School in Oakland and later brought him on to coach the frosh-soph team, stood by his former pupil.
"I hope Donoson is proud," Kerrest said. "He brought me to Menlo and has been such a great influence on me for such a long time."
Five others scored for Menlo: seniors Alex Morgan, Aaron Morgan and Jackson Aldrich and juniors Luke Appel and Ilan Listgarten.
Alex Morgan contributed two assists while Christian Corcoran, Aaron Morgan and Listgarten each added one. Senior Adam Kasser and junior Peter Gray split time in goal for Menlo.
"The team has shown great unity and desire which carried us through a tough preseason," Kerrest said. "We are getting contributions from everyone on the roster."
The Gators one-sided victory was highlighted by three goals from Liam Johnson, one of six different scorers.
Kyle Nilsson added two goals and an assist, Sam Shepard and Alexi Stravropoulos each scored once and had an assist and Ryan McJannet and Kevin Box also scored.
Ethan Veghte, Billy Thompson, Max Sloat and Carlos Deras added assists for SHP.
Elsewhere in the WBAL, Crystal Springs Uplands beat Eastside Prep 4-0. Gunn beat Saratoga 5-1 in a SCVAL contest.
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