SOCCER: Lady Monarchs lose second consecutive home game
By Jorge Belon, Staff Writer
Citrus College freshmen forward Rebekah Evans’ two-goal performance sunk the lady Monarchs for its second consecutive loss.
“We all know this team does not have good endurance,” Monarchs midfielder Rebecca Lajuan said. “Our marking could be better, our passes could be better. We need to get better if we want to make the playoffs.”
Evans’ first goal did not come from a well-executed play from the Owls, Instead her goal was a gift from Valley College’s failure to clear the ball from the penalty box.
Evans would take advantage of the mistakes made by the Monarchs, and placed the ball in the back of the net, giving Citrus College the lead at the 30-minute-mark of the first half.
In the opening half, the Lady Monarchs had no momentum on the offensive side. The Owls moved the ball swiftly around the pitch, making Valley’s defense chase them for the first 45-minutes-of the game.
Before the half ended, lady Monarchs’ forward Savannah Ajar left the game after receiving an elbow right above her eye from Owl’s midfielder Kacie Licata.
“Honestly what can you do when you see your player go down bleeding,” Lajuan said “You just get mad and do your best to move on.”
In the second half Valley began to press the Citrus College defense with one two combinations from Monarch midfielders Stephanie Velasquez and Jessica Perez.
“We started very slow,” defender Dalia Vides said. “But in the second half we improved there is no doubt about that.
As the second half carried on Valley’s effort died down and the Owls re-took control of the game with Evans leading the charge.
Monarch goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario had eight saves in the game, five of which came in the second half.
Despite Del Rosario’s effort, Evans, found herself open in the penalty box for a few seconds in the last five minutes of the match and, scored the final goal with header to defeat the Monarchs 2-0.
“We did not communicate right away in defense,” Vides said. “That is why we got scored on, and lost the game.”
After losing to Citrus, the lady Monarchs post-season appearance has become questionable.
“The playoffs are almost out of reach,” said Valley College soccer Assistant Coach Jose Leon, “We need to win the next three games out of four to at least have a chance of making the playoffs.”
Valley’s next home game is Friday at 3 p.m. against Glendale College.