Taking a brief break in their conference schedule, the Lady Oaks traveled to Los Angeles for a two game swing against Embry Riddle and Marymount College. Two exciting contests broke out with Menlo coming back up north with two ties.
In the first game against Embry Riddle, the Lady Oaks were able to build an initial 3-1 second half lead on the feet of Elizabeth Castaneda, Steffany Dudley, and Alison Hammond. Castaneda, a senior from San Jose found the back of the net for the second time this season, while Dudley earned her eighth score and Hammond her fourth.
Menlo's two goal advantage was short lived as the Eagles showed their resiliency with two quick second half scores to knot the game at 3-3, the eventual final score. "It was a hard fought game today," claimed second year Head Coach Scott Myers. "Credit to Riddle for taking advantage of our mistakes, but we have to play a better game, mistake free, if we expect to win those types of games."
Fresh off the tie against Riddle, the Lady Oaks squared up against the Mariners of Marymount College for the finale of the two game road trip. This time it was Menlo who played the role of comeback kids after getting down 1-0 late in the second stanza. Marymount's Adrianna Neal found the back of the net in the 75th minute with the assist given to Jenna Fisher.
Minutes later the Lady Oaks found the equalizer on Steffany Dudley's team leading ninth goal of the year. Senior Mallory Todd earned her first assist of the season after setting Dudley up on a beautiful header. Both teams had a slew of opportunities in overtime, but in the end the tilt ended in another tie.
"We are still playing good teams and still finding ways to be competitive with a young team," said Myers on the "We fought through adversity in coming from behind today so that shows that we can fight if we stick together."
Menlo gets set to take on their third straight non conference opponent this Friday, October 7th against Mills College at home. Action is set to begin at 3:30pm.