By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
Adriana Calderon is a speedy freshman forward for Valley College; she has torn apart the competition by scoring eight goals in nine games this season. And, the Monarch striker has her eye on breaking the single season scoring record at Valley.
“I want that record,” said Calderon. “I know that I am about six goals away from tying the record, and I want to break it.”
The former Granada Hills Charter High School Highlander needs to score seven more goals to tie the record of 15 scored in a single season, which Michelle Escamilla set in 2005. The Lady Monarch attacker has 12 games left in this campaign to break the long-standing record.
Escamilla’s record has not been in danger of being rewritten in almost 10 years, until Calderon decided to put back on the cleats for the first time since she graduated high school in 2012. With a bounce to her step, the former Highlander is shooting 80 percent, which makes it only a matter of time until she breaks the record.
“I just barely started to play the game with no pressure,” said the 20-year-old forward. “As a child playing in AYSO [American Youth Soccer Organization], all the way up to high school, my parents forced me to continue playing soccer, so I truly never enjoyed the game. In fact, one time I began to hate the sport. I needed a break, but now I am doing this for myself.”
Another driving force behind the young forward’s goal is that this will be her last season with the Lady Monarchs. Calderon is married to a serviceman, and once he returns, the former Highlander and husband will likely live a life on the road.
Calderon will get a chance to inch closer to the record when the Monarchs face off against Citrus College on Oct. 10 at Valley.
The 20-year-old striker finished the campaign with 14 goals, just one shy of the record. But the Western State Conference recognized her superb season as she was selected the 2nd best team in the conference.