The Menlo School boys varsity soccer team beat Woodside Priory 2-1 to open a crucial week in WBAL play.
Menlo (11-3-3 overall, 8-1-2 in WBAL) opened the game well with several chances on goal and a few dangerous corners. They took the lead in the 14th minute after junior John Strong won the ball back on the left wing, beat his defender and fired a curling shot from outside the box over the keeper into the far top corner.
The lead did not last long as Priory leveled just a few minutes later. The Panthers played a dangerous ball to the back post where one of their unmarked strikers nodded home.
The Knights responded well and regained the lead just a few minutes later. After some fluid passing in midfield sophomore Kyle Perez found senior Ryan Karle 25 yards out. Karle turned and rifled a dipping shot that the Panthers keeper was unable to keep out of the net.
In the second half Menlo dominated play but were unable to find the back of the net. Strong, Karle and junior Matt Myers all had dangerous efforts on net that the goalie did well to keep out. Ultimately the Knights saw out the win and got the points needed to keep the pressure on rivals Sacred Heart Prep.
Menlo outshot Priory 21-5.
The Knights next take the field at home on Wednesday February 6th at 2:45 against Pinewood High School.
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