Lady Monarchs win big on Sophomore Night

Women’s Soccer: Valley College dismantles 10-player Glendale Community College squad, 4-0. 

By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief

Under the bright lights of Monarch Stadium, Valley College secured fourth place in the Western State Conference South Division by taking care of business against a 10-woman Glendale Community College (GCC) team, 4-0. It was Sophomore Night, but the freshmen took charge.

“Our [Assistant] Coach Alex [Harrison] told us to not rush anything, the goals will come,” said Valley sophomore Monica Roldan. “We made sure to stay patient.”

They didn’t have to wait long.

It was a chilly night, but Valley never let up on the heat. A big reason for that was freshman midfielder Shayna Lewis’ record-breaking performance against the Vaqueros; she finished with three assists and now holds the Valley record for most assists in a single season, with 10.

“I think tonight, we played really well,” said the Monarch midfielder. “We were connecting a lot of passes; I do think we could have finished more of our chances that we created. But next time we will finish our chances.”

Lewis’ first assist came in the 15th minute. She gave a short, quick pass to freshman defender Jasmine Schevitt. She then took a shot with a lot of movement and pace right in front of the mouth of the penalty box. The ball flew directly to the hands of the GCC goalie, but she failed to contain it, giving Valley a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, the ladies in green doubled their lead when freshman midfielder Berenice Garcia received a well-placed cross from Adriana Calderon into the PK box and simply tapped the ball into the back of the net. The Lady Monarchs’ midfield overran the short handed Vaqueros, and Lewis was all over the field, conducting her symphony.

At the 29th minute, she got her second assist by setting up Elizabeth Saavedra. Saavedra made a brilliant rub into the box and made marvelously controlled the ball with several Vaqueros surrounding her. She played it cool and blasted the ball into the goal to make it 3-0.

Valley went it to the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. In the second half, the Lady Monarchs showed growth in their character by not slacking off and sitting on the big lead. Instead, they took 15 of their 23 shots in the second half, and their midfield completely suffocated GCC’s offense, not allowing a single shot on Athena Del Rosario. The sophomore goalie got her 10th shutout this season, her 15th in her two seasons at Valley.

Valley’s consistency was awarded in the 78th minute when freshman midfielder Riley Laser controlled a ball that flew just outside the left hand side of the box. She wasted no time and curved the ball into the top right hand corner of the net, to finish the game at 4-0.

“It feels good that we got to win number 11 tonight, and we need one more and to take care of business,” said Valley Head Coach Greg Venger. “I think we could improve in some of our decision making, of when we should take the shot and when we should pass it. But I think overall this was a good effort.”

The Lady Monarchs improved their conference record to 6-5-2 and 11-7-2 overall with this result. Valley will play its final match of the season on Friday at Monarch Stadium against Bakersfield College at 3 p.m.

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