ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Women's Soccer had a tough task: wait around for the Men's game to finish in temperatures that climbed north of 100 degrees on Friday. Fortunately for the Oaks, the wait was well worthwhile, with three different Oaks scoring their first goal of the season en route to a 3-0 shutout win against Rocky Mountain College. The win represents the first of the season for Menlo while their record sits at 1-1-1 after three contests.
The Bears got the game's first shot, but there wasn't much left after that to create any real threat. The first Menlo shot wasn't recorded until the 25th minute by Danielle Robinson as both sides were getting acclimated to playing in the extreme conditions. The Oaks began to pepper some chances on the Bears, with sustained offensive pressure deep into the first half. Off a series of corners from Amanda Nebozuk, the Oaks rattled off six straight shots over the span of a few minutes, including a header from Karla Uribe that was saved by Maia Wetzel. It wouldn't be much longer before the Oaks finally broke through, in the form of a Robinson goal. Nebozuk assisted on the shot from Robinson at 35:29 and the Oaks scored first and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the half, Menlo goalie Kaylin Swart was once again tested right away with a quick shot, but she turned it away with ease. After facing two more shots, with one going high, the Oaks were able to turn the momentum back to their side. Maya Mogensen, a former goalie who is seeing playing time as a forward in her senior season, scored her first collegiate goal with some help from Robinson on the assist. The goal at 59:30 put the Oaks in front comfortably 2-0, but they still wanted one more goal for good measure. That came in the form of a shot from Uribe, who once again used a header to her advantage after some nice passing in the box from Allissa Soriano, who was credited with an assist. While the goal came at 84:06, it still came as an extension from their previous attacks, with sustained pressure leading to offensive success. Simple as that, or so it seemed on this day. Combine that with the first shutout from Swart in 2017, and it was a total team win.
The Oaks will enjoy six days off before returning to action at Wunderlich Field on Thursday, September 7th against Simpson University. The match will begin 1:30 PM, pitting former Cal Pac rivals against one another.