Slow start costs Simpson against Menlo
Simpson University Sports News
ATHERTON, Calif. - The Simpson University men’s soccer team was in search of their first win of the season on Saturday, Oct. 12, when they traveled to take on the Oaks from Menlo College. After a rough first half, the Red Hawks were able to play well and scored a goal, but it was too little too late as they lost 3-1.
The Oaks dominated the first half. A little over two minutes into the game, Menlo’s Ryan Onizuka scored off an assist by Sean Kane to give the Oaks the 1-0 lead. Then in the 11th minute, Andrew Cota doubled the Oaks’ lead on a beautiful chip over the Red Hawk goalkeeper Justin Webb. Cota scored his second goal of the game seven minutes later off an assist by Tung Le to give the Oaks a 3-0 lead. The Oaks outshot the Red Hawks 10-0 in the first half.
In the second half, the Red Hawks regrouped and put pressure on the Oaks’ defense. In the 52nd minute, Red Hawk striker Jordan Daigre was taken down in the box, and Simpson was awarded a penalty kick. Efrain Solorzano confidently stepped up to convert the spot kick to make the score 3-1. The Red Hawks continued to push but could not find another breakthrough and the game ended 3-1 in Menlo’s favor.
The Red Hawks will host the Pioneers from Pacific Union College on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.
Story by Dan Anderson
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.