INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – The offense for Menlo College Women's Soccer has been seeing a lot of contributions from players up and down the entire lineup. It's no wonder that the Oaks have only lost one contest so far in the 2017 season. That trend continued during Thursday's contest against Sierra Nevada College, where four different Oaks found the back of the net in a 4-1 victory on the road. The match closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule for Menlo, and the Oaks currently own a 4-1-1 record during such games.
Menlo did not receive a plethora of opportunities to score in the opening stanza, but they were able to make the most of the chances they were given. It took over half of the opening frame but the Oaks were able to strike first after a Jade Marti foul in the box gave Rachel McCloskey a penalty kick. She drilled her shot past Sierra Nevada keeper Ashley Siwik for her second goal of the season. It wouldn't be long, however, until the tides were reversed and Sierra Nevada had an opportunity for a penalty kick. Goalie Kaylin Swart was given a yellow card inside the box for some contact made with a player for Sierra Nevada, and that allowed Brooklyn Morris the chance to tie the game on a penalty kick. That she did, and the equalizer made it 1-1. Not long after, Amanda Nebozuk was able to wade her way through traffic in the box and get up in the air enough to head a ball past Siwik for a goal, with an assist given to Allissa Soriano. The Oaks took their 2-1 lead into the intermission and continued to pour it on.
Menlo took a whopping 11 shots in the second half after registering just five in the opening half. The pressure was on full-force during the final 45 minutes, and it resulted in two more goals for Menlo, though they both came late in the contest. Carolina Velez scored her second goal of the season at 80:29 after an offside was called on Sierra Nevada on the other end of the field, taking away some of their momentum. The Oaks continued to put the pressure on following the goal from Velez, with Danielle Robinson taking a pair of shots in the final eight minutes that were denied by Siwik. She hit pay dirt at 86:53, getting a great pass from Velez and firing one into the back of the net for the team's fourth goal of the game, cementing the final score at 4-1.
The Oaks remain on the road for four more contests in a row to close out the month of September, and all four will be in conference play. GSAC action begins on Thursday, September 21 against #9 The Master's University at 1:30, and it doesn't get any easier with a date against #6 Westmont College on the 23rd at 2:30.