10 seconds left. That's all that stood between bitter defeat and overtime. All that stood from the potential for ruining a rival's season and ending the year with an "L". 10 seconds left.
Holy Names' Clara Sedman broke a scoreless tie with…you guessed it, 10 seconds left to give the Hawks a 1-0 victory as the Lady Oaks conclude their 2011 campaign. With the win, HNU will take the California Pacific Conference crown in favor of William Jessup who would have snuck in with a Menlo win or tie.
Despite the Oaks loss, there are a lot of positive things to take away from the heated affair. When the two teams played back on October 15th at home, Menlo wasn't really able to get anything going as HNU took the tilt by a final of 3-0.
The Lady Oaks were forced to overcome a slew of injuries to key players, yet still had the opportunity to come away with the "W." Freshman goal keeper Arielle Peraza shined brightest for Menlo today, with Head Coach Scott Myers calling it "the best game she has played all season." The native of West Covina made seven saves in defeat.
The Lady Oaks finish the season with an overall record of 5-11-2 with a Cal Pac mark of 2-4. They will say goodbye to seniors Mallory Todd, Adri Martinez, and Elizabeth Castaneda.