Women’s Soccer: Valley College will be hitting the road for four games and need results.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
The Lady Monarchs on Tuesday will begin the longest road trip of the season. Due to the complex process of making the playoffs in the Southern California Community College Region, Valley will be forced to get results on the road if they want to experience the post-season for the first time in the program’s history.
In the four-game road trip, the ladies in green will compete against West Los Angeles College on Tuesday, square off against Glendale Community College on Friday, and then face Bakersfield College on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Valley will end the trip with the pivotal rematch against the Santa Monica College Corsairs, fifth ranked in the South California Region, on Friday Oct. 24.
Valley started the season on fire with a 5-2 record, but they stumbled to an 0-3-1 at the start of conference play and they are now a 5-5-1 overall. That record has the Lady Monarchs sitting in seventh place of the Western State Conference South Division (WSC), and 36th in the South Region; their placement has them 18 spots away from the final playoff berth.
The only way for the ladies in green to automatically make the post-season is if they win the WSC South. However, it would take a meltdown of Chernobyl-like proportions for Citrus College (12 points), Santa Monica College (10 points), and College of the Canyons (10 points) to lose control of the group, since the three teams are in a heated race for first place. Valley can squeak into the playoffs by letting the boss teams in the division hear them roar: Pulling out victories against Santa Monica, Citrus and Canyon would be tremendously valuable in the complex power-points system. No problem.
Although victories against West LA, Glendale and Bakersfield will boost the Monarchs record and build momentum, it will not increase their chances of making the playoffs since the colleges are not high-ranking teams in the Southern California Poll. The deciding factor of the road trip will be Valley’s final match against Santa Monica. If the Lady Monarchs fail to get a victory against the Corsairs, they will need to beat Canyon and Citrus on the road later in the season to keep their post-season dreams alive.