ATHERTON, Calif. - Menlo College Women's Soccer played its first home match of the 2017 season and things got started off with a bang and ended with an even louder bang. A goal in the fifth minute from Rachel McCloskey and a game winner in the 87th minute from Alexis Von Schottenstein was the recipe for success for the Oaks as they surpassed the Pioneers 2-1 to move to 1-1-1 on the season. UAV fell to 2-1. The win was not only the first of the year for the Oaks, it was also the first win for head coach Robin Hart.
Just five minutes into the action, senior Rachel McCloskey scored the second goal of her collegiate career and first of the season to put Menlo up 1-0. That lead would hold all the way until the 80th minute when the Pioneers tied things up at 1-1 and it appeared as though Menlo might be headed to its second consecutive overtime contest. Alexis Von Schottenstein had other plans. The senior crashed the back post as Sydney Richardson-Gorski placed a perfect cross into open space and Von Schottenstein deflected it perfectly, near post, past the UAV keeper for the game winner. The goal was her first of the season sixth of her Menlo career.
It was another banner day for senior keeper Kaylin Swart who made a trio of huge saves on UAV breakaways to keep the Oaks in the game. Swart finished the contest with four total saves and they all proved to be tide-turners as UAV applied pressure on the offensive end. Arguably the biggest save of the day came in the 83rd minute with the game tied 1-1. UAV broke away and had a clean look that was deflected over the cross bar by a leaping Swart to keep the match tied. In total, Menlo was outshot 14-12, but led the advantage in quality shots with 8 on frame compared to just four for the Pioneers.
Menlo looks to build a winning streak as they host Rocky Mountain College this Friday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. on Wunderlich Field. Live webstreaming and stats can be found at www.portal.stretchinternet.com/menlo.