The Oaks conclude their two game Washington road swing with a draw on Saturday, deadlocking Northwest University by a final of 1-1 in double overtime. 110 minutes proved to be not enough to decide an outcome, as Menlo's record moves to 1-0-1.
The Oaks jumped on the board early, with newcomer Andrew Cota continuing to make an impact in his brief Menlo tenure. In only the eighth minute of play, the junior transfer from the University of San Francisco smoked one from 30-yards out that alluded Eagles goalkeeper Joe Galbraith for the score. Cota had previously earned an assist in the Oaks 1-0 win over Evergreen State on Thursday, so the native of Santa Clara now has three points over his first two matches in Menlo blue and white.
The Oaks defense made the 1-0 lead stand into intermission, letting up just one Northwest shot over the first 45 minutes of play. In comparison, Menlo had already stacked up 13 shots throughout the first period.
Fast forward to the second half and just a tad over ten minutes into the stanza, the Eagles knotted things up. Senior Tim Fillon proved to be at the right place at the right time, taking a Palomarez deflection and ripping it into the back of the net for the equalizer in the 56th minute.
Havoc ensued in the final ten minutes of regulation, as both squads had opportunities to seal the deal on a victory. First it was Northwest's chance after Menlo's Carlos Ramirez was issued a red card at the 81:19 mark. Playing up a man, the Eagles' James Kerr blasted a potential winner that Palomarez had to knock away, but it was only the beginning. Northwest's Josh Peters scooped up the rebound and his attempt would once again be halted by Palomarez, before the aforementioned Kerr got a second chance and missed wide left from only eight yards out. The two clutch saves by the Oaks keeper were part of four on the afternoon.
Minutes before the end of regulation, it was now Menlo's chance at ending the heated affair. Andrew Cota's opprotunity for a second went by the books, after his boot ricocheted off the opposite goal post in the 87th minute. It appeared to be the difference maker as it found its way past the goalkeeper.
Neither squad was able to produce a shot in the first OT, and both missed wide on its only attempt in the second overtime.
The Oaks will now head home for their first game of year at Wunderlich Field. Menlo will clash with a tough Westmont squad on Friday, September 7th with kickoff scheduled for 1:00pm.