The early season drought is over for the Lady Oaks and their fans. Thanks to a near perfect performance, Menlo picks up their first "W" of the season behind a 7-0 shellacking over Arizona Christian. "It's nice for our girls to get that first win," commented second year Head Coach Scott Myers. "I wouldn't say the monkey is totally off our back yet but I will say that it has slid down a little bit. You also have to give credit to Arizona Christian for not quitting out there."
Early and often was the theme of the game for the Lady Oaks, who opened things up with two quick scores by freshman Steffany Dudley and junior Kristin Henderson. For Dudley, that was just the beginning as she would finish the afternoon with her first collegiate hat trick thanks to two second half scores to put the game out of reach. "It is so rewarding that all our hard work has finally paid off," remarked the forward from Sandy, Utah. "We definitely deserved that win."
With Menlo nursing a 2-0 lead at the break, the Lady Oaks went off for a five goal second stanza to earn that first elusive victory. Aside from Dudley's two scores, sophomore Vicky Schultz, junior Alison Hammond, and senior Elizabeth Castaneda all found the back of the net during the second half onslaught. Castaneda got things rolling with her goal coming just 36 seconds into the frame, a score that seemed to fire up the rest of the girls. "Today felt really good," claimed Castaneda on the team's impressive showing. "It helped relieve some pressure and we all feel more comfortable as we head into conference play tomorrow."
Not to be lost in all the action was the outstanding job of Menlo's defense who rarely even allowed the Firestorm to enter their territory. The combination of freshman Kayla Cisneroz, sophomore Valerie Comstock, junior Amber Jaimes, and senior Mallory Todd was lethal while freshman goal keeper Arielle Peraza picked up her first collegiate shutout. Jaimes and Comstock also combined for three assists on the day, with Jaimes recording her first two of the season.
After that first victory, the Lady Oaks look prime to make a run in the California Pacific Conference. The journey kicks off tomorrow in the friendly confines of Wunderlich Field against the Red Hawks of Simpson University with action set to get underway at 1:00pm.