Menlo News February 08, 2023

Girls’ soccer clinches WBAL title, ties M-A

Knights finish week 2-0-1

WBAL Championship clinched

Menlo 1, Menlo-Atherton 1

In a showdown between champions of the West Bay Athletic League and the Peninsula Athletic League, the Menlo girls’ soccer team tied host Menlo-Atherton 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights, who moved to 15-1-3, clinched the WBAL last week and have one more league game remaining.
With three minutes left, M-A’s goalie made a dramatic one-handed save which led to a cornerkick. Menlo’s Sasha Bernthal sent a corner kick and fellow senior Colby Wilson scored the equalizer. Just a minute before, Wilson nearly scored on a diving header. The Bears scored in the 31st minute to take a 1-0 halftime lead.
The Knights got outstanding performances from Dorothy Zhang, Audrey Hochstetler, Amelie Giomi and Tabitha Corcoran,

Menlo 2, Notre Dame-Belmont 1

In a hard-charged game, the Menlo girls’ soccer team held off visiting Notre Dame-Belmont 2-1 and clinched the West Bay Athletic League title Thursday.
With one WBAL game remaining, the Knights improve to 8-0-1 league, 15-1-2 and extended its unbeaten streak to 16.
With 13 minutes left, and the score knotted at 1, the Knights were awarded a penalty kick after a  foul on Angelica Chou, and fellow sophomore Audrey Hochstetler converted. Seconds before Hannah Gorospe netted a shot but the penalty was called right before her shot.

“In the first half we struggled to handle NDB’s direct style of play and weren’t as composed as we’d wanted in the offensive third of the field,” Menlo coach Ross Ireland said. “A couple of misses in addition to a penalty miss had us rattled, but calmly discussing how we needed to handle the second half reaped the reward soon after the break with an overall dominant performance.”

Menlo was down 1-0 when Notre Dame-Belmont scored in the 13th minute. The Knights tied the game when  Chou touched it in off a goalie, then player, deflection after senior Sasha Bernthal delivered a beautiful on-target corner kick.
The Knghts had several more solid chances - just inches away -  to extend the lead.

“Lila Gold, Tabitha Corcoran, freshman Bianca Putanec in goal and Angelica Chou were outstanding against a tough and uncompromising opponent,” Ireland added.

Menlo plays at Menlo-Atherton on Saturday in a duel between CCS powers

JV: Menlo 3, NDB 0


Menlo 1, Sacred Heart Prep 1

2.7.2023 – In the inaugural Valpo Clásico, the Menlo girls’ soccer team picked up a 1-1 tie with Sacred Heart Prep in a match-up Tuesday at home, and remained atop the WBAL with a 7-0-1 record.
The Knights have 22 points while the Gators are five points back at 5-1-2 with two games remaining.
Menlo senior Sasha Bernthal sent a beautiful shot across and into the left corner of the net on an assist from sophomore Roya Rezaee with 31:15 left in the first half. The Knights got the equalizer three minutes after SHP’s Anna Barrett scored on a corner kick.