Women’s Soccer: Valley College destroys Bakersfield College 5-1 on Friday to end the season on a high note.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
The Lady Monarch finished the season on a Friday afternoon with a 5-1 comeback victory over Bakersfield College at Monarch Stadium, ending with an overall record of 12-7-2 and a conference of 7-5-1, making this the best campaign in Monarchs history.
In a game that Valley was expected to win without a challenge, the Renegades broke through with an upset goal from freshman Victoria Pyle in the 10th minute to make it 1-0. Her goal came out of the blue for the Renegades and it could have potentially rocked the Monarchs perfect home finale.
“I was more annoyed that they scored first,” said Head Coach Greg Venger. “I was annoyed because of the breakdown we had in the middle, but I knew we would get our chances so I was not too worried about losing this game.”
Valley’s new character came out after responding within five minutes after going down earlier. Freshman forward Elizabeth Saavedra leveled the match at 1-1. The Lady Monarchs would take the lead two minutes later with a great play that had a freshmen trio connection, with Adriana Calderon starting the play at the top of the penalty box.
She sent the ball to the far-right where Saavedra was waiting, the forward then crossed the ball into the penalty box, and Bernice Garcia was there to tap the ball into the back of the net to give Valley the 2-1 lead. In a matter of minutes Bakersfield lead had evaporated, and Valley had woken up.
The Monarchs would carry the narrow 2-1 lead into the break. In the second half the Lady Monarchs continued their pressure by taking eight out of their 15 shots. But the Renegades goalkeeper Melissa Saldivar kept on frustrating the attack as she made seven saves in the game.
Though the relentless effort of Valley would pay off, in the final 15 minutes the ladies in green scored three goals to make it 5-1. Saavedra would get her brace at the 75th minute, and Calderon would score her 13th and 14th goal of the season at the 82nd and 90th minute, placing her just one goal shy of tying the single season record.
“Yeah I finished just one goal away from the record,” said the current second place all time single season scorer in Valley’s history. “But I am happier that the team wrote a new school record with the victory.”