It took overtime, but the Lady Oaks prevailed in a critical Cal Pac clash up in Merced. Three minutes into the extra frame, junior Natalie Ingram scorched one into the back of the net, the assist by freshman Raquel DeJesus, to put Menlo into the win column with a 3-2 victory over the Bobcats (5-3, 2-2). The "W" is the Oaks second straight, as they bump their conference record to an even 2-2 and their overall mark to 11-4.
Menlo accounted for the only first half score, a goal in the 36th minute by senior Kristina Roome, before a wild second stanza with three total net finders got underway.
The aforementioned Natalie Ingram struck first with a goal in the 57th minute to give the Lady Oaks a 2-0 advantage, but that would change in a hurry. Two minutes later, junior CC Vazquez lit up the scoreboard to push the match back to a one-goal affair.
The tilt stayed that way until just under five minutes left, when Merced produced the equalizer on a Desiree Coles score.
Sophomore Arielle Peraza and junior Whitney Galindo split time in net, with each allowing one goal, and Galindo making three total saves. The Bobcats' Valerie Presiado surrendered all three of Menlo's scores, making five stops in the process. The Lady Oaks outshot Merced 13-8, including 8-5 in the shots on goals department.
Menlo will enter a long layoff, before returning to action in a crucial contest at William Jessup on Wednesday, October 31st. Kickoff is slated for 1:00pm.