Women’s Soccer: Valley College looking to get a victory in their final road game of the season at Citrus Stadium.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
The Lady Monarchs will enter Tuesday road game at Citrus College wanting to win and rebound after the heartbreaking defeat they suffered against the Cougars of College of the Canyons last Friday.
The playoffs are still achievable for Valley College, even after losing 1-0 to the Cougars in Santa Clarita. However, with four games left in the season there is no more room for errors for the ladies in green. With a few major power points left to gain, a victory against the Owls at Citrus Stadium would help.
Citrus is not unsinkable at home their record is 5-3-1. That is not impressive when considering four out of their five victories came against teams with a record under .500.
The victories against West Los Angeles College, Glendale Community College, Antelope Valley College and Bakersfield College were completely one sided, every team that has defeated them this season has demolished them as well. All four of those colleges have a combined negative 65 goal differential.
However, the Lady Monarchs cannot go to the Owls nest with a relaxed mentality because Citrus has scored 16 goals at home, and they have only give up three in conference play. The ladies in green will need to show the same cut throat approach that did in the physical 2-2 draw against the Corsairs at Santa Monica.
Valley will need to change that approach of the near perfect game played vs. Santa Monica; they cannot fall behind early. When the Monarchs get scored on first, they usually do not comeback, after trailing they have 1-3-1 conference record and 1-5-1 overall, that includes a 3-0 home defeat against Citrus back in Sept.
To prevent that from happening again, Valley will need to keep possession of the ball and build up their attack instead of attempting to play long ball, by forcing their wingers and forwards to chase down hopeful long balls.
When the Monarchs win they dominate the battle of possession, and the goal scoring duo of Miriam Ramirez and Adriana Calderon get three to four shots each, compare to only getting two or three chances combined when they lose.
For the ladies in green to beat Citrus, they will need the Monarch tandem that has combined for 20 of Valley 35 goals to get multiple opportunities on Tuesday. Also by keeping possession Valley will neutralize Owls sophomore midfielder Cindy Ramirez who leads the team with 12 goals and 14 assists. She also is in fifth place for scoring and first with assists in the Western State Conference, and when these two teams previously met, Ramirez single handily sunk the Monarchs with her hat-trick show.
For Valley’s Head Coach Greg Venger, the best strategy to get a victory on Tuesday is to stick to the basics and the keep the midfield rolling against the Owls. If the Lady Monarchs move the ball around quickly on the field with short passes, the Calderon and Ramirez scoring clinic will put the finishing touches at Citrus Stadium on Tuesday.
Prediction: Citrus College 1-2 Valley College