The Oaks got back to their winning ways on Tuesday, earning a hard fought 3-1 road victory over Cal Maritime (1-5-1) to remain unbeaten in the California Pacific Conference, now at 2-0. Two first half Menlo scores set the tempo, before a key Alexander Kunkel insurance goal within the final ten minutes staved off late Keelhaulers attack. The Oaks have now taken four of their last five matches, bumping their overall record to 6-2-3.
"I thought our offense really clicked today," third year Head Coach Mike Keller said on his team's three-score showing. "We applied constant pressure throughout the match. Giuseppe [Frattaroli] and Jose [Castaneda] started a number of good attacks, which our guys did a nice job of capitalizing on."
Like he has done time and time again, Andrew Cota set the tilt's tone with an early goal to unwrap the scoring. The junior from Santa Clara continues to lead Menlo in net finders, now with 11.
The Oaks would go on to add to their 1-0 advantage midway through the first half, after Hugo Conchas' ripped one into the back of the net for his third goal in the last three matches. Conchas received a beautiful ball from sophomore Giuseppe Frattaroli, who was credited with his third assist of the season.
Menlo took their 2-0 lead into the intermission, but it would be Maritime who struck first in the second stanza. A goal from sophomore midfielder Patrick Wehan, with the assist from Hilberth Diaz Ibarra trimmed the Oaks lead in half, at 2-1.
The heated affair stayed that way until the Oaks officially put the game on ice late in the second frame. Sophomore Alexander Kunkel clipped the back of the net inside the final ten minutes for his first goal of the season, and second in his two-year collegiate career.
Menlo will now set their sights on William Jessup for their third conference tilt of 2012. Action is set for this Saturday, October 13th at Wunderlich Field, with kickoff slated for 4:00pm.