Menlo came up empty in their bid at spoiling William Jessup's Senior Day, falling in an epic battle up in Rocklin, 1-0 in double overtime. Less than three minutes into the second extra period, Jessup's Cara Eskenazi pulled the trigger on the winning score, finding the back of the net from a Gabby Leon feed to seal the deal on the thrilling affair. The loss bumps the Oaks record down to 2-3 in conference and 11-5 overall, while the Warriors conclude the 2012 regular season at 12-3-2 and 6-0 in the Cal Pac.
"I give credit to Jessup for fighting the entire game. It was a great game to watch as a spectator, as both teams battled it out and did a great job of taking opportunities," third year Menlo Head Coach Scott Myers said moments after the match. "I am really proud of our team for taking our efforts from training and applying them. It was a tough one to lose, but we are certainly better because of our efforts today."
The eventual Warriors' winner proved to be the only blemish on what was an otherwise spectacular showing by Lady Oaks keeper Whitney Galindo. The junior from San Mateo stopped all ten previous shots that came her way in frustrating WJU time and time again. Menlo's stingy defense got into the act as well, coming up with an additional pair of team saves to keep Jessup off the board.
The Oaks lost the shot battle, 22-6, but did manage five shots on goal, all of which were gobbled up by Warriors goalkeeper Katie Rappazzo. Junior Natalie Ingram produced two of the five rips on point. WJU's Gabby Leon led all players on the pitch with six total shots, four on net.
Just one more match remains in the regular season, this Saturday (Nov. 3) vs. Simpson University for Senior Day at Wunderlich Field. Kickoff is slated for 1:00pm, with a special pre-game ceremony honoring Menlo's five seniors, Kristina Roome, Amanda Martinez, Amber Jaimes, Alison Hammond, and Erika Savela to take place right before.