Lady Monarchs end the 2013 season without a trip to the playoffs.
By Jorge Belon, Staff Writer
The 2013 season is over for the lady Monarchs, and once again Valley’s soccer team finished another year without a tick- et to the post season ending with a 4-9-7 record.
“We did not make the play- offs this year, but this group of girls was still able to get more wins and draws then defeats this season,” coach Greg Venger said. “They are the first team to do that for Valley College in almost four seasons.”
Most teams start preparing for the upcoming season eight months in advance. Venger and his assistants were hired three months before the season started, giving them little time to prepare.
“The coaches were hired late and it took us a while to get every- thing down,” midfielder Jessica Perez said. “The communication was bad and we struggled in the beginning of the season because of the lost time.”
The Lady Monarchs began the season with a three-game- losing streak and a negative 10-goal-differential.
“Some of the games we lost, we should of won,” Venger said. “The main reason why we didn’t was because in the beginning of the season we were still trying to find our identity.”
Although the Monarchs fin- ished fifth place out of eight possible teams in the Western State South group, in the last 10-games-of the season Valley lost four games, earned two vic- tories and tied four matches.
The green and gold scored eight goals in four of the final 10-games and were left scoreless in the other six.
“We would push the ball and create a lot of dangerous chances,” Monarch midfielder Rebeca Lujan said. “But in the end no goals would come.”
This season, the team had one true forward on the roster and 10 midfielders, which pro- duced good offensive ball move- ment, but the finishing rate was below average with a .250 per- centage of shots on target in 21-games played this season.
According to Venger, the remedy for the goal droughts is simple. He must recruit more for- wards then midfielders for next season.
“We are going have to recruit our butts off, players like Rebeca Lujan, Jessica Perez, Savannah Ajar, Neida Rendon and others leaving,” Venger said. “We will need to fill their places, which will not be easy, but it has to be done.”