Match Day Guide: Burlingame Dragons FC v Menlo College Oaks
The Burlingame Dragons FC continue their 2016 PDL preseason as they travel to Atherton on Saturday, April 23rd to take on the Knights of Menlo College. The game will take place at Wundelrich Field on the campus of Menlo College, located off of El Camino Real Rd. and Alexandria streets in Atherton.
Kickoff: 1:00pm, Gates will open at 12 noon.
Parking: Parking is free on weekends in the big student lot near the corner of Alejandra and El Camino. From there fans can walk down Alejandra to Wunderlich (turf) Field.
Seating: There is limited bleacher seating, which is general admission and first come, first serve.
Concessions: No concessions at the game. Please bring your own food and refreshments. No alcohol is allowed at the game
Getting To The Match
Map and directions can be found at the following links
Dragons Head Coach Eric Bucchere will be on the Oaks bench as he takes on the Dragons this weekend with a team that is young and hungry. The Oaks are coming off of a solid season in 2015 finishing with an overall record of 8-7-3, (2-5-3 in the Golden State Athletic Conference), finishing in 6th place in the standings. The Oaks are coming off a strong showing in a 2-1 preseason loss to USF.
The Oaks were led offensively this past season by junior midfielder Ryan Onizuka and freshmen forward Luis Nunez.
Onizuka is the engine in the midfield for the Oaks. In 17 games this season, he scored one goal and notched seven assists for nine points. In his three years at Menlo, the Foster City, CA native has played in 52 games, scored 12 goals and collected 14 assists for 38 points. The 5’7, 125 lb. spark plug is one of the unquestioned leaders of the Oaks as he looks forward to his senior season.
Nunez is a local kid from Redwood City, CA who has a knack for goal. The former De Anza Force club player scored his six goals in only 15 games. With his two assists, the 5’9, 145 lb. forward scored 14 points in his inaugural season in Atherton.
In the back, the Oaks will count on an experienced goalkeeper to organize the back four. Alex Coates-McDowall is the Oaks field general and his 1.16 goals against average in 14 games shows that his physical play between the posts helped the Oaks solidify the defense this season. Coates-McDowall transferred to Menlo from Division 1 Manhattan College, where he was named a MAAC All-Academic Team member in 2014. The 6’2, 190 lb. junior hails from York, England and wil be counted on to provide leadership for the Oaks as a senior next season