Women’s Soccer: The Lady Monarchs defeated the Raiders 3-0 at Monarch Stadium, to improve their record to 3-0.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
The stadiums lights were shining bright for Valley College on Thursday night, as they made history by starting the season with a 3-0 record for the first time, after defeating Moorpark College 3-0 at Monarch Stadium.
The Lady Monarchs for the first time in the program’s history start a season 3-0, and also tie a school record set back in 2012, of winning three games in a row. However, the ladies in green have also wrote a new chapter in Valley’s history by keeping a clean sheet for three games in a row, and having a positive 17-goal-differential in just the first three matches.
“The difference from last season to this season is the recruiting,” Head Coach Greg Venger said after the victory against the Raiders on Thursday night. “It takes a special kind of player to want to come to a school that has had a poor historical record, and wants to change it. You need that type of player to bring change and win games.”
Despite the 3-0 final score line, the game was filled with physical battles in the midfield. In fact before the first goal came late in the first half, the match was played primarily in the middle of the field with both teams struggling to gain control of possession.
In the final five minutes of the first half, Valley’s freshman forward Elizabeth Saavedra broke the deadlock. She received a pin point pass from freshman midfielder Berencie Garcia; Saavedra controlled the ball inside the center of the penalty box. Moorpark goalie Emilia Feldman ran out to challenge her and close down her angle quickly.
The number 10 Monarch forward quickly got around the goalie with a swift move to the right, and then kept her composure give Valley the 1-0 lead at the 40th minute.
“Coach taught us always stay on their blind side,” said Saavedra, about scoring the opening goal in the match. “My teammate gave me a beautiful pass and I saw the opportunity so I took it. The goalie did not see me coming so I gave it a little roll over and made the goal. It all happened really fast.”
The ladies in green would hold on to their advantage going into the halftime break, although it was clear that the Monarchs offense had shaken off the physical play of Moorpark’s.
At the start of the second half, the green shirts came out a little slow as the Raiders were able to get three shots on target. However, Monarchs goalie Athena Del Rosario saved two of those shots in the process. She would end up making six saves in the match, to keep Moorpark at zero.
“They were bumping us and hitting us,” said Saavedra,” We were not use to that, but as the game carried on we adjusted and got back to playing our game.”
Within the blink of eye the Monarchs midfielders regain control of the match, and Monarch freshmen midfielder Shayana Lewis would get her third and fourth assist of the season, by setting up the final two goals. Both goals came within less than five minutes apart from one another.
At the 63rd minute, Lewis sent a long high ball towards a running Adriana Calderon, she was headed to the pk box with two Raider defenders hot on her trail. Lewis ball landed in the heart of the box, and Calderon patiently waited for the ball to bounce to her liking.
The freshman Monarch forward would toe poke the ball into the back of the net to give Valley a 2-0 and to get her sixth goal of the season; which at the moment has her tied in first place in the Western State Conference.
Four minutes later, the Lady Monarchs would seal the deal with Lewis sending in a corner kick into the box, and freshman defender Sarah Flores redirecting the ball into the net to give the green shirts the 3-0 victory at the 67th minute.
Valley College will be looking to extend their winning streak in on Thursday against Oxnard College at Monarch Stadium.