Lady Monarchs held off West LA last Friday in a 0-0 battle on the field.
By Fredy Vega, Staff Writer
The Lady Monarchs struggled to get anything going Friday against West LA, fresh from their biggest game of the season a few days prior.
During the early parts of the season, Valley had their struggles dealing with injuries and not being at full strength, but this did not stop Crystal Torres from hitting the field in a full arm cast on Friday.
“ I am not disappointed with our play,” said Head Coach Venger. “We just could not finish and we had a few lapses on defense and they took advantage of our missteps”
Venger has previously stated that the earlier losses were a result of the tough non-league play schedule he set up. With games against top-ranked Chaffey, Antelope Valley, College of the Canyons, and Citrus, he looked to prove faith in his players’ abilities and showcase them on a larger scale.
Torres, along with other players suffering sprained ankles, continued to fight on into conference play.
Valley is now 2-2-1 for conference matchups with some convincing wins against West L.A., who they just tied to this past Friday, and Glendale, but this does raise an interesting question of where does this leave Valley in the hunt for a playoff spot. Although it may appear to be a lost season there is still time to find their rhythm and sneak into the playoffs. Hope is what keeps this team fighting and they will not go down without a fight.
“Anyone that knows soccer knows the ups and downs a team will have… I think we hit that point right now,” said Venger.