Women’s Soccer: Valley College ends the most successful chapter in the programs history with five departing sophomores. Which four of them were starters for the ladies in green.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
On a windy Friday afternoon the referee blew his whistle to end the season with a 5-1 victory against Bakersfield College at Monarch Stadium, the ref also blew in a change of the color guard for Valley College.
“It’s a bitter sweet moment,” said leaving right back defender Monica Roldan. “I feel like it is not going to hit me till next week, when I noticed ‘oh I do not have practice today.’ But yeah it is going to feel weird.”
The ladies in green are now five players short with the season over, four out of the five were starters. They were key contributes to rewriting the programs history, by finishing with a 12-7-2 record. The leaving sophomore’s: goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario, center back defender Amy Van Leeuween, Roldan, midfielder Guadalupe Ramos and backup goalie/defender Charlene Parrales.
Parrales was forced to sit out the season after suffering a torn ACL in the finale of the previous campaign. She was never given the green light from her doctor to get back on the field.
Roldan, Van Leeuween, Del Rosario and Ramos led the team to new heights and helped the Lady Monarchs finish in fourth place of the Western State Conference South Division.
However, their freshmen season was rough with the team finishing in fifth place and with 4-10-7 record. In 21 games they allowed 42 goals, but in the following year they sliced that margin in half and only let in 22.
Del Rosario record breaking season was a huge part of the defense improving. She made 130 saves and had a new school record of 10 shutouts, 15 in her two years at Valley.
As for Ramos, she was the veteran in a midfield that was full of freshmen. She helped guide the team with timely passes, tackles, scoring three goals and getting five assists in the process. It was not flashy but the veteran kept the young players balanced throughout the season.
All four of them played in each game this season, and yes the team was successful but without these four players the 12 win season could have drastically been different. Now with all four of them heading to their next chapters in for their education and soccer career, Head Coach Greg Venger and the rest of the coaching staff will be forced to fill in the crater holes they will leave behind.
“You do not replace them,” said Venger. “You can never replace them; the best we can do is scout like crazy and hope we fill in the pieces.”