Soccer: Valley College loses its fifth consecutive game, making their playoff appearance questionable.
By Jorge Belon, Staff Writer
Glendale College midfielder Jasmine De La Cardad Rocha’s winning goal in the second half put Valley College playoff hopes in critical condition last Friday afternoon.
“Too many break downs we had in the game,” said soccer Coach Greg Venger, “Especially when you play a good team.”
The Vaqueros winning goal was due to a blown-defensive assignment by the Monarchs in the 65-minute of the game.
Rocha received a pass in the penalty box from Glendale forward Elizabeth Mendoza. Rocha tapped the ball in for a Vaqueros 1-0 victory.
“I am disappointed we did not get the ‘W’ today,” Monarch midfielder Monica Roldan said. “We kept making little mistakes, in the end we just did not want it.”
In the first half, Valley started the game lacking urgency, with both teams stuck in the middle of the field.
Not until the last 15 minutes of the first half did the Monarchs begin to assert their offense. In the final third, their shots would go wide or were blocked by Vaqueros defenders.
“Definitely we need to improve on putting the ball into the back of the net,” Monarch midfielder Rebeca Lujan said.
At the start of the second the Vaqueros offense took over the game, and began to pressure the Valley defense. A few minutes later Glendale got their goal.
“We let it get to our heads after they scored,” said Lujan. “This was more of a mental game, we controlled possession but after that goal went in we fell apart.”
After going down a goal, Valley attempted to get back in the game, but the Monarchs failed to take the multiple shots they created.
“We second guessed ourselves,” said Roldan. “We do not pressure the ball, and we do not take our shots, I think we sometimes let the other team affect our game.”
Suffering their fifth defeat in the conference this season, the lady Monarchs playoff appearance has become questionable.
“This one hurts, we were tied with fifth place going into the match,” said Venger. “But now after this result, we will have to win our final two matches to just have an outside chance of making the playoffs.”
The next and final home game of the season for the lady Monarchs will be against Santa Monica College on Friday at 3 p.m.