Menlo edges out Red Hawks in conference opener
Simpson University Sports News
09.24.2011Red Hawks men's soccer team took the field in their first California Pacific Conference game of the year on Saturday, Sept. 24 against the Menlo College Oaks in Atherton, Calif. The Red Hawks fell 2-1 in a close match.
The match was a chippy encounter that saw six yellow cards and a red card. The Red Hawks struggled to possess the ball in the early going and the Oaks pushed the Red Hawk defense, but goalkeeper Justin Webb made some fantastic saves to keep the match tied. Then in the 20th minute, Sam Zipperstein scored on a pass from Kristian Hagen to make it 1-0. The scored remained 1-0 for the rest of the half.
The second half began with both teams still grinding it out. In the 64th minute, Red Hawk freshman Jon Dinius was red carded for a play involving Menlo's Dylan Crist to bring Simpson down to 10 men for the remainder of the match. The Red Hawks were not fazed and kept on pressuring the Oaks' defense. However, it was the Oaks again who scored. In the 82nd minute, Zipperstien scored his second goal of the game to make it a 2-0 lead in favor of the Oaks. Just four minutes later, the Red Hawks made it interesting when Jordan Reed's cross found Nate Butterfield who scored to make it 2-1. Unfortunately for the Red Hawks, it was too little too late and they ran out of time trying to make their comeback. Webb finished the match with eight saves and his performance earned him Man-of-the-Match honors for the Red Hawks.
With the loss the Red Hawks fall to a 1-5 record on the season and a 0-1 record in the Cal Pac. They will try and get into the win column on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. against CSU Maritime in a game that will take place at Simpson's home field in Redding, Calif.
Written by Dan Anderson
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.