Four second half Embry-Riddle (10-1-3) scores erased a promising start for the Oaks, as Menlo's 1-0 halftime advantage went by the books in a 4-1 loss Saturday afternoon at Wunderlich Field. The defeat snaps the Oaks three-match win streak, as Menlo moves to 5-2-3 on the season.
The Oaks jumped on the board first after a beautiful ball from junior Christian Abrego found the foot of fellow junior Andrew Cota for a 27th minute score. With the goal, Cota becomes the first Oak to hit the double digit plateau in goals, now with ten. Abrego notches his fourth assist of the year to pull in a dead heat with senior Alex Vukic for the team lead.
A pair of clutch first half saves by reigning California Pacific Conference Defender of the Week, Alex Palomarez, and Menlo took a 1-0 lead into intermission.
The solid beginning quickly went awry in the match's second stanza, after the Eagles lit up the scoreboard to the tune of four goals in a nine-minute stretch between the 57th and 66th minute. Two Jacob Brech scores, with two Isaac Sanchez net finders sandwiched in between proved to be too much for Menlo to handle. Brech finished his afternoon with five total points after assisting on Sanchez's second goal, while Sanchez did one better with six points on two scores and two assists.
The aforementioned Palomarez was kept busy all afternoon, surrendering four goals and making five saves in the loss. On the opposite side of the equation, Riddle's Joan Sanmarti halted five of six shots that came his way in the victory. The Eagles outshot Menlo 19-9, including 9-6 in shots on goal.
It's conference play from here on out for the Oaks, with Menlo set to travel to the Cal Maritime this Tuesday, October 9th for a matchup with the Keelhaulers. Kickoff is slated for 6:00pm.