SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Menlo College Men's Soccer was looking to pick up its first win of the season in GSAC play and would need to pick up its first win over a ranked opponent this season and they accomplished both with a big 1-0 shutout victory over No. 25 Westmont on Saturday afternoon in Santa Barbara. The Oaks used a Fernando Menera goal in the 48th minute and solid defending to earn the big bounce back victory after falling 0-3 to RV The Master's on Thursday. The win improves Menlo to 5-3-1 (1-1) on the season while Westmont falls to 2-2-3 (1-1).
The first half saw an evenly matched effort from both sides with Menlo earning a slight nod in total shots at 7-4. The second half total would be the exact same but the big difference was the goal from Menera in the 48th minute. It was his first goal of the season and came off the first assist of the year for Ryan Branigan. Branigan tossed a nice cross into the box and Menera tucked it into the upper right corner of the goal for what would be the deciding tally.
It proved to be a chippy contest with 35 total fouls called. Westmont was charged with a pair of yellow cards and a red card which came in the 86th minutes as the match was winding down.
Julio Naranjo picked up the win between the posts playing all 90 minutes and making three critical saves.
The Oaks remain on the road next week as they continue their journey through the conference schedule. On Thursday, Sept. 28, Menlo will take on Hope International followed by a Saturday meeting with No. 17 Vanguard.