For the first time all season Menlo drops two matches in a row, falling to William Jessup 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Wunderlich Field. The two teams combined for a wild first half that saw five total scores, but two late Warrior (8-3-2) net finders pushed the game out of reach. The Oaks loss pushes their overall record to 9-4, 0-2 in the California Pacific Conference.
"Congratulations to William Jessup for coming in and playing a good game. I'm a little disappointed in our players, we fought hard but just didn't take care of some opportunities," third year Head Coach Scott Myers said this afternoon's defeat. "There are still a lot of positives going towards the future. Today didn't really affect our season too much; we will just get after it next time. The bonus is we will get to play them [Jessup] in a few weeks so we will see how much we improve compared to them."
Not even two minutes into the heated affair, and already a goal from each side. The Warriors' Gabby Leon kicked off the scoring just 54 seconds into the tilt, but Menlo produced the equalizer not even a minute later with a goal from senior Erika Savela, off a ball from junior Natalie Ingram.
The first two minutes proved to be the theme of the first half, with Jessup scoring and Menlo responding. In the 17th minute Leon was at it again, splitting through the teeth of the Oaks defense after receiving a strong feed from Kim Randall, who earned her second assist of the first half.
Menlo would respond in the latter stages of the first stanza, thanks to a brilliant corner from junior Valerie Comstock in the 42nd minute. The junior midfielder from Santa Clara hooked up with senior Megan McKee, who found the back of the net to knot up the score at 2-2. The score was McKee's second of the season.
The equalizing score shifted the momentum in favor of the Oaks, however that momentum would be prove short lived. Less than three minutes later, in the waning moments of the first half, Jessup's Cara Eskenazi ripped one past Menlo keeper Whitney Galindo to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead into the break.
Eskenazi would add a second goal in the 71st minute to push the Jessup margin to 4-2, and then in the 90th minute Alyssa Wimmer tacked on a fifth score for good measure.
The aforementioned Galindo would end her showing with seven saves, while the Warriors' Katie Rappazzo surrendered just the two half goals, making four stops in the process. William Jessup outshot Menlo 13-8.
The Lady Oaks will dust themselves off and get right back into action this Wednesday, October 17th, as Menlo travels to Redding to take on Simpson University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm.