Rohnert Park, CA:
The Oaks four-match win streak came to a close on Wednesday, as Menlo was downed by NCAA Division II Sonoma State in a non-conference matchup, 3-0. A pair of first half scores by freshman Chris Pihl gave the Seawolves (7-7-2) a 2-0 lead into the break, an advantage that the Oaks were never able to erase. The loss drops Menlo's overall record to 9-3-3 with three matches remaining in the regular season.
The aforementioned Pihl set the tone early with his 13th minute goal after receiving a pass over the Oaks defense from fellow freshman Dylan Stafford, who was credited with the assist. Sonoma State doubled up their advantage in the 35th minute thanks to senior Jomed Tejan playing the role of catalyst. The Rancho Santa Margarita, CA native corralled the ball into the box before flicking it over to Pihl who took care of the rest for his second score of the first stanza.
The Seawolves padded their lead with a 68th minute goal by senior Cory Taufer, who found the back of the net via a penalty shot.
Menlo stayed in the match by tallying nine total shots, trailing Sonoma State by just three in that category, while winning the corner kick battle, 3-2. Oaks senior keeper Alex Palomarez made one save in the loss, while the Seawolves' Sean Taufer made two.
Menlo will jump back into their conference slate with a tilt this Saturday, October 27th against Cal Maritime at Wunderlich Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm.