SOCCER: The Monarchs loss to College of the Canyons makes Valley’s playoff chances questionable
By Jorge Belon, Staff Writer
A cloudy cold Tuesday afternoon at Monarch Stadium defined the day for the Valley College woman’s soccer team as they were defeated 2-0 by the Collage of the Canyons Cougars.
“We did not execute our tactics in the game to the best of our abilities,” Monarch midfielder Amy Van Leeuwen said, “Against a team like College of the Canyons we need to be able to control the ball better.”
In the second minute of the match, Cougar midfielder Allie Leon took a long range shot and put the ball right through the hands of Valley goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario.
“The goal in the first half was disappointing,” coach Greg Venger said, “It appeared that she [Del Rosario] should have saved the ball, but I don’t know maybe the ball had a lot of spin. Regardless of what happen that is one we would like to have back.”
Ironically, the first goal scored by the Cougars was by the daughter of the Monarch soccer Assistant Coach Jose Leon.
College of the Canyons–which is currently the first place team of the Western State South division— continued to dominate the Lady Monarchs as they returned from the half-time break.
Early in the second half, Cougars forward Stacey Atwater ended the match with a clinical finish. Atwater, who was surrounded by Monarch defenders and the golie, flicked the ball into the back of the net to give the Cougars a 2-0 victory.
As the game came to an end College of the Canyons kept possession of the ball, not allowing the lady Monarchs to gather momentum for a counter attack.
“Yes this is an improvement from our last result against them [College of the Canyons], said Monarch midfielder Monica Roldan,” We still need to improve on our endurance, it is not up to par.”
After this defeat, the Monarchs will need to beat Citrus College on Friday, Nov. 1, to earn a spot in the post season. The game will be at Monarch Stadium at 2 p.m..
“Friday is now a must win game against Citrus,” Venger said. “I can do with a tie, but a victory will help our playoff lives.”