By: Luke Halgerson
ATHERTON, Calif – Menlo College Women's Soccer came into today's match coming off 0-0 double overtime tie with the number five ranked Biola University in a rain filled match. It was the second time the Oaks tied with Biola this year so Menlo knew they were capable of competing and competing with nationally ranked opponents. Having not scored a goal at home since October 6th, the Oaks wanted to get things back on track and show that they are worthy of a playoff spot in the GSAC playoffs. The Oaks were going up against Hope International in today's contest and were looking to pick up their ninth win of the season. However, they could not muster up much offense and would go down in the match losing 1-0. The loss drops Menlo to 8-6-3 overall and 3-5-2 in conference play.
For the game, Menlo only managed to get off two shots and were completely out of sync on offense. They were on the defensive all game, trying to fight off the Royals attack. They only gave up the lone goal for the match but did not seem like the Oaks we're used to watching.
It was senior day for Menlo on Saturday morning; the Oaks had seven seniors playing their final regular season match of their careers. Those seniors included Danielle McCarthy, Jelissa Blanco, Rachel Tabaracci, Marisa Cavanna, Ashleigh Nelin, Brittany Squarcia, and Lauren Carrillo. All of them were major contributors to the team this year and will be remembered for years to come for their accomplishments.
Danielle McCarthy finished the regular season as the all-time leader in points and goals for Menlo College. She has scored 31 times and broke the career-goals record with a two- goal performance back on September 8th in a match against Marymount California University. She has tallied a stunning 78 points during her four-year career and has a pair of hat tricks to go along with that. She has also taken the most shots by any Oaks player and is second all-time in assists with 16.
Jelissa Blanco as of now will go down as the tenth all-time leading point getter for Menlo with 26 career points. She played 56 games and tallied eight goals with ten assists. She scored her first collegiate goal on September 26th, 2014, against Marymount California and posted a four-point game on October 7th of that year against Simpson.
Rachel Tabaracci has been a staple for the Oaks for the past four seasons. She played in 44 games while starting in 18 of them. Her first assist came in her freshmen year against Mills College. This year she recorded her highest shot on goal percentage of her career. She has been real solid defensively for Menlo having only allowed just one goal per game this season.
Marisa Cavanna was another senior honored today for the Oaks as she made appearances in 18 games during her two seasons at Menlo. She recorded her first goal on September 12th, of 2015 against Providence Christian. She has and impressive 66.7% shot on goal percentage during the 2015 campaign, and was a key contributor for Menlo in their first GSAC playoff appearance.
Ashleigh Nelin has been part of the soccer program for the past four years. She has started all 74 games she appeared in during her career with the Oaks. She has found the back of the net four times and tallied two assists during her tenure
Brittany Squarcia was a transfer from Foothill College who made a big impact when she brought her talents to Menlo. She recorded one of the best seasons in Oaks history scoring 12 goals and tallying 12 assists for 36 points in 2014. It's the second most points ever scored in a single-season in Menlo College history. Her 46 career points are seventh most in the programs history and is two assists shy from becoming the leader in that category.
And the Final senior honored before today's game was Lauren Carillo. She has been one of the Oaks most solid defenders in her time at Menlo. With her as the defensive anchor in 2015, Menlo allowed the second-fewest goals per game in the Golden State Athletic Conference. She has made appearances in 29 games during her two years at Menlo.
Even with the loss, the Oaks will be in the GSAC playoff's as the 6th seed. Menlo will travel to Westmont on November 4th to take on the Warriors at 2 p.m. If Menlo loses, they will be eliminated from the playoffs. If they win, the Oaks will go up against number one seeded Vanguard University.