Women’s Soccer: Valley College is confident and determined to get a victory against Glendale Community College on Tuesday.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
The Lady Monarchs will be entering Tuesday’s home match as heavy favorites against the Glendale Community College Vaqueros.
The playoffs are almost completely written off because Valley College failed to beat the higher ranked teams in California Southern Region going 0-7-1. Though defeating the Vaqueros by a huge margin could help their dim post season lives.
Regardless, if Valley fails to make the playoffs, Head Coach Greg Venger wants to win out and finish with 12 victories.
Defeating the Vaqueros at Monarch Stadium should not prove to be a challenging task for the ladies in green, as Glendale has only won two games in 18 attempts. Their goal differential is a horrendous negative 45 and Valley has already defeated Glendale at Sartoris Field back in October.
Victory for the Lady Monarchs will be simple; make the Vaqueros run after them for the entire game. They must control the midfield and the possession of the ball and just keep on feeding the leading goal scorer for Valley, Adrian Calderon, with 12 goals.
Also, the Monarchs could possibly have their second leading scorer, Miriam Ramirez with 11 goals, back on Tuesday night. She was forced to miss the 5-1 victory because of a slight hamstring injury she suffered against College of the Canyons on Halloween.
“I would say we are hopeful,” said Valley Head Coach Greg Venger. “When the injury happened against [College of the Canyons], it looked like she was going to be gone for the rest of the season. But now, the medical staff is saying she should be good to go on Tuesday, so we are putting her at day to day for now.”
If both players are suiting up on Tuesday, then Glendale might be in for the worst lost in their program’s history. Both Calderon and Ramirez are less than four goals away from rewriting Valley’s single season scoring record, which Michelle Escamilla has owned since 2005 with 15 goals.
The two are both rooting for each other, but they are both still pushing for that record.
“Of course I would love to beat the record and have my name in the history book,” said Calderon. “However, if Mimi [Miriam Ramirez] wins it, then I will be happy for her as well.”
Calderon and Ramirez are not, however, the only Monarchs on the verge of breaking a record. Freshman midfielder Shayna Lewis has seven assists this season; she has already tied Escamilla’s record that she has held since 2005. Now if she gets one assist against Glendale on Tuesday, she will make the record hers.
The game has not even started, and Glendale seems doomed. Sophomore goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario is eager to get her 10th shutout of the season on Tuesday, after coming so close on Friday’s 5-1 victory against West Los Angeles College at Monarch Stadium.
“I want to finish the season with 11 shutouts,” said Del Rosario. “I originally wanted to go for 12, but now I can only finish with 11 so that’s what I am going to do.”
However, besides personal records, the team as a whole is aiming to make sure Valley ends the season with a new record, regardless of getting into the playoffs or not.
“We want to finish the season with 12 wins,” said Venger. “I think if you add up the last four years of Valley’s history they add up to 12 wins. We also want to finish in fourth in our conference, we cannot catch up to Citrus [College] in third but we just want to make sure no one catches up to us.”
Prediction: Valley College 7-0 Glendale Community College