ATHERTON, Calif. – It was a Labor Day matchup between a pair of ranked teams on Monday in Atherton as the #22 Oaks played host to the #9 Marymount (Calif.) Mariners. It was expected to be a hard fought battle between the defending GSAC and Cal Pac champions and it was just that and more on Monday. A combined three goals, five yellow cards and 33 fouls set the tone for the physical and often times chippy back-and-forth affair that saw Marymount score in the 4th minute, Menlo tie it up in the 69th, and the Mariners tally the game winner in the 80th. The Oaks fell to 1-2-1 on the season while Marymount picked up its first win of the campaign to improve to 1-2 overall.
Marymount controlled the attack for much of the first half and it paid dividends early as Josep Morego found the back of the net off a deflection in just the fourth minute of action. The Mariners continued to push the pace on the offensive attack and played the majority of the half in its offensive third, outshooting the Oaks 6-1. Menlo put together a solid defensive battle and held the Marymount attack at bay to give the squad a chance to regroup at the half and put together an offensive strategy in hopes of breaking through.
Break through they did. Menlo pushed the pressure in the second half and came out playing a physical brand of soccer that netted them a number of scoring opportunity in the stanza. Menlo increased it's offensive output six-fold, tallying six total shots, four of which were on frame. The continued pressure and steady defense netted Menlo its first notch on the score board in the 69th minute. A foul was called 8 feet outside the box and it was Menlo's Leonardo Barcellos who drew the call to take the free kick. The junior from Curitiba, Brazil lined it up and sent a ball straight at the Marymount wall, the well-struck kick slightly deflected off the shoulder of a Mariner and beat the keeper far post to notch his first goal of the season and tie the match up at 1-1. Unfortunately for the Oaks, the tie would not last for long, and it was another free kick that did the damage. A foul was called outside the Menlo box and Guillermo Chinchilla lined it up and placed a perfect cross into the box and found the head of Enrique Amador who placed it perfectly into the back of the net for the eventual game winner. Menlo had a pair of chances late as it pushed the pace and had a pair of long throw ins with just minutes remaining on the clock, but they went to the wayside and the clock hit 0:00 with Marymount on top 2-1.
The Oaks will return to action on Thursday when they play host to another Cal Pac school, the Simpson University Red Hawks. Action will be brought to you live on the Menlo College Sports Network – www.portal.stretchinternet.com/menlo.