WOMEN’S SOCCER: Valley College destroyed West LA 5-1 at home, but they were not satisfied.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
Valley College began its final three-game home stand with a 5-1 pounding over West Los Angeles College at Monarch Stadium.
“It’s great that I got the hat-trick,” said Valley freshman forward Adriana Calderon, she now has 12 goals in the season. “Though I wish we would of kept them [West LA] at zero, I just think we could of played better in the second half.”
The game was over when the referee started the game.
The Lady Monarchs midfielders were connecting over 70 percent of their passes, while West LA barely managed to string two passes together or just cross the midfield.
In the 13th minute, freshman midfielder Shayna Lewis blasted a 14-yard powerful shot to the top right hand corner of the net to give the Monarchs the 1-0 lead.
The Monarchs offense was unleashed on the Wildcats.
In the 26th minute, Calderon began to run circles around them. She then blasted the ball into the back of the net after eluding two defenders with nifty composed footwork to make it 2-0.
In the next minutes, Valley would add two more goals. Calderon made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute and freshman midfielder Berenice Garcia pushed it to 4-0 right before halftime by finishing off a confusing play in the penalty box with a simple toe poke.
The Lady Monarchs entered the halftime break with smiles, and came back laughing. The first half represented the best 45 minutes of their season.
“I liked the first half,” said Valley Head Coach Greg Venger. “We were in complete control of the game, moving the ball freely around the field.”
However, in the second half, Valley just fell asleep. Their smart passes vanished and the midfield ineffectiveness that had pledged them against bigger teams returned.
In the second half, they only took five shots and completed only 60 percent of their passes. The Wildcats could not take advantage, and their frustrations began to show as they committed seven of their nine fouls in the second half.
Finally, after Valley’s back line stopped playing defense, the Wildcats were able to scratch out one goal and deny Athena Del Rosario her 10th shutout of the season. Their only goal was a result of comedy errors. Sloppy passing in front of the goal and a missed clearance kick was how they scored.
In the final seconds, Calderon would get her hat trick. The West LA goalie missed an easy catch of a long ball, handing Calderon the goal on a golden platter, making it 5-1 in the 90th minute.
“I would like to forget about the second half,” said Venger. “But we were able to hold on and win the game regardless, that they dropped off.”
The Lady Monarchs conference record improved to 5-5-2, and their overall is now 10-7-2. The huge victory against West LA does not help their goal of making the playoffs.
“We went 0-5-1 against Citrus [College], Santa Monica [College] and COC [College of the Canyon], that is not good enough to make the playoffs,” said Venger. “The goal is to finish in fourth place in the conference. If we sneak into the playoffs that will be great, but with the power point ranking being so complicated, I have no idea if we will or not.”
The Lady Monarchs will host Glendale Community College on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Monarch Stadium.