This draw feels like a win

SOCCER: Lady Monarchs play to an exciting draw against heavy favorite Bakersfield

by Jorge Belon and Nima Ghafoorzadeh, Staff Writers

“We have 17-players-on this roster, but only 14-could play today because of injuries,” said soccer Coach Greg Venger, “With only two field player subs available on the bench, it was hard for the team to get any rest, but our team showed mental toughness in achieving this draw.”

The lone goal of the second half was a very confusing corner kick. It appeared as though a Bakersfield player knocked down Monarch goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario, which led to an open net resulting in the tying goal for the Renegades.

Del Rosario, played sharper in the second half, making four saves and ended the game with nine. She only allowed one early goal in the first 10 minutes second half, and held the Renegades scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

“She [Del Rosario] is boss, I love her!” said freshmen midfielder/forward Charlene Parrales. “She saves us back there many times; she definitely is a big impact on this team.”

Valley took the lead early in the first half, by scoring within the first five minutes of the game.

Freshmen midfielder Stephanie Velasquez received a pass in the left-hand side of the penalty box. She took one quick touch on the ball and then, with pure finesse, shot the ball to the bottom right hand corner of the net making the score 1-0.

A few minutes later, Bakersfield tied the game from an error by the Monarch defense in their penalty box.

Midfielder Danielle Vidal would easily cut through the Valley defense in the left-hand side of the penalty box, creating enough space to take a low hard driven accurate shot.

Del Rosario made the save, but Bakersfield College forward Reshana Watson was wide open at the front of the goal due to a blown defensive assignment from Valley. Watson tapped in the tying goal making the score 1-1.

“Man marking is something we could improve,” Parrales said.

Sophomore Monarchs forward Jessica Perez scored a volley goal from distance that went flying into the top right hand corner of the net, giving the Renegades goalie no chance of saving the shot.

“I told Becky [Rebecca Lujan] to pass me the ball,” Perez said. “Without thinking I flicked the ball in the air and shot it.”

Perez’s goal closed out the first half on a high note for the Monarchs; the lack of substitutes would eventually take its toll as the game ended 2-2.

Coach Venger said, “We played good enough to win the game but we just did not create enough chances in the match.”

The lady Monarchs next home game is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

On a hot Friday afternoon at Monarch Stadium, the lady Monarchs played to a 2-2 draw against the Renegades from Bakersfield College.

Entering the second half the score was 2-1 in favor of Valley College. Bakersfield took advantage of the lady Monarchs slow start after the break.

“We have 17-players-on this roster, but only 14-could play today because of injuries,” said soccer Coach Greg Venger, “With only two field player subs available on the bench, it was hard for the team to get any rest, but our team showed mental toughness in achieving this draw.”

The lone goal of the second half was a very confusing corner kick. It appeared as though a Bakersfield player knocked down Monarch goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario, which led to an open net resulting in the tying goal for the Renegades.

Del Rosario, played sharper in the second half, making four saves and ended the game with nine. She only allowed one early goal in the first 10 minutes second half, and held the Renegades scoreless for the remainder of the contest.

“She [Del Rosario] is boss, I love her!” said freshmen midfielder/forward Charlene Parrales. “She saves us back there many times; she definitely is a big impact on this team.”

Valley took the lead early in the first half, by scoring within the first five minutes of the game.

Freshmen midfielder Stephanie Velasquez received a pass in the left-hand side of the penalty box. She took one quick touch on the ball and then, with pure finesse, shot the ball to the bottom right hand corner of the net making the score 1-0.     

A few minutes later, Bakersfield tied the game from an error by the Monarch defense in their penalty box.

Midfielder Danielle Vidal would easily cut through the Valley defense in the left-hand side of the penalty box, creating enough space to take a low hard driven accurate shot.

Del Rosario made the save, but Bakersfield College forward Reshana Watson was wide open at the front of the goal due to a blown defensive assignment from Valley. Watson tapped in the tying goal, making the score 1-1.

“Man marking is something we could improve,” Parrales said.

Sophomore Monarchs forward Jessica Perez scored a volley goal from distance that went flying into the top right hand corner of the net, giving the Renegades goalie no chance of saving the shot.

“I told Becky [Rebecca Lujan] to pass me the ball,” Perez said. “Without thinking I flicked the ball in the air and shot it.”

Perez’s goal closed out the first half on a high note for the Monarchs; the lack of substitutes would eventually take its toll as the game ended 2-2. 

Coach Venger said, “We played good enough to win the game but we just did not create enough chances in the match.”

 

The Lady Monarchs’ next home game is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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