Monarchs are heading to the house of horrors

Adriana Calderon getting ready for the Tuesday away game against Citrus College in practice at Monarch Stadium.  Agustín Ángel Flores

Adriana Calderon getting ready for the  big away game against College of the Canyons on Friday, in practice at Monarch Stadium.

Women’s Soccer: Monarchs are going to Santa Clarita, California to take on division leaders College of the Canyons on Halloween afternoon.

By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief

On Halloween, Valley College will be looking to steal a rare point from College of the Canyons on Friday at 4 p.m. at the house of horrors known as the “Soccer Field” at Santa Clarita, California

The Lady Monarchs are coming off an impressive undefeated four-game road trip and with the season starting to wind down, a victory or a draw at Santa Clarita would give the ladies in green important power points in their quest for the first-ever playoff berth in the program’s history.

That would be some trick.   

The Cougars have not lost since Sept. 4th at San Diego Mesa College. Since that match, they have gone undefeated for 12 straight. They also got a treat from Valley when the Lady Monarchs’ drew at Santa Monica gave the Cougars sole possession of first place in the Western State Conference South Division (10-1-3 overall; 7-0-1 conference).  

The Cougars are scary on the road, but at home they are downright terrifying. They have yet to lose a match or even concede a single goal in seven games, while mauling opponents to the tune of 24 scores. Lady Monarchs Head Coach Greg Venger may need to come up with a plan as big and bold as D-Day to penetrate the back line that has only required Cougars goalie Priscilla Duron to make 26 saves in 14 matches, compared to Valley’s keeper Athena Del Rosario’s 102 saves in 15 games. Parachutes may be required.

Figuring out how to score on the Cougars will be one challenge, while containing freshman forward Marissa Kneisel promises to be equally perplexing. Kneisel leads the team with 13 goals and 10 assists, currently second in the WSC in both categories. 

Prediction: College of the Canyons 3, Valley 1

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