Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
Monarchs will be hosting a struggling El Camino College side on Tuesday at Monarch Stadium, looking to improve their record to 5-1.
The ladies in green are coming off a competitive 2-0 home victory over Oxnard College on Thursday night, while the El Camino Warriors is heading towards Valley Glen after losing 3-0 on the road to Golden West College, extending their losing streak to four games.
The Lady Monarchs and the Warriors goal differential are almost identically opposite from each other: Valley has a positive 17 goal differential in only five games, compared to El Camino negative 10 goal differential in six games.
Second year Head Coach Greg Venger has had success with his new strategy of maintaining strong possession of the ball by scoring 19 goals in the season thus far. Freshman forward Adriana Calderon is leading the pack with seven goals scored; her seven goals are tied for first place in the Western State Conference.
With a Warriors vulnerable defense that has given up 12 goals in six matches, and four out five road game losses by at least two goals, the Lady Monarchs could be having a field day in the goal department this Tuesday.
For El Camino’s atrocious offense that has only scored two goal in their six matches, the Warriors will have no luck on their side as they face a team that has only allowed two goals in five matches.
The ladies in green defense is lead by stonewall sophomore goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario, who has four recorded shutouts this season. She has made 23 saves and leads the conference with a .920 save percentage.
To put her save percentage in perspective, a shot fired towards Del Rosario has less than a 10 percent chance of hitting of the back of the net. With El Camino hitting .048 percent of their shots on target, there is a good chance that the Monarch goalkeeper could be getting her fifth shutout of the season on Tuesday.
All roads are pointing to a landslide victory for the Lady Monarchs on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Monarch Stadium. A win for the ladies in green will increase their season to 5-1 and their home record to 4-0. As for the Warriors it would drop their record to a disappointing 1-6.
Valley College 6-0 El Camino College