Venger and the Lady Monarchs aim for the playoffs

By: Jorge Belon, News Editor

With the spring semester coming to a close, the Lady Monarchs are hitting the field to prepare for the new season and returning Coach Greg Venger’s team is hoping to make Valley College history this season.

Valley Monarch kicks the ball, Wednesday evening, to put points on the board on the Monarch field.Roshon Bonner (photographer)

Valley Monarch kicks the ball, Wednesday evening, to put points on the board on the Monarch field.

“Our goal is to finish in the top half of our conference,” Venger said. “And make the playoffs for the first time in the program’s history.”

Last season, Venger’s first as coach, did not go as planned. He was brought in towards the end of the off-season; he had little time to prepare his team. Their slow start was not surprising, as they lost four of their first five games. The season was full of highs and lows for the Lady Monarchs, showing flashes of solid play but was never consistent. The team ended the season with a  4-10-7 record.

Even though the San Fernando Valley native has high hopes for the upcoming season, there is still work to do, especially in the recruiting department. They currently have 18 players, eight players returning from last season and eight freshmen.

One of the players returning from last season is the starting goalkeeper Athena Del Rosaio. She finished eighth in saves and fourth in save percentages last season in the Western State Conference.

Eighteen players is one more than they had last season, but they need more players to improve the team’s depth.

“We still need five to seven more players,” Venger said. “To help with that process, we hired a recruiting coordinator Max Martin. Also during the summer we will have some high school girls come and train with us, but we are still actively looking for players.”

Though a team with great depth will not technically win games, Venger and his coaching staff are aware of this, and are currently training twice a week till they break for finals. However, by June 17 they will start training three days per week.

With the playoffs as the number one priority for the green shirts this season, they will be hard at work till they start their season against San Diego City College on Sept. 5 at Valley College.

“It is a must for us to make the playoffs,” Venger said. “With this group of girls we are bringing, we have to make the playoffs this season.”

If current or potential Monarchs would like to know more information on how to make the Valley’s women’s soccer team, contact Coach Venger at

With the spring semester coming to a close, the Lady Monarchs are hitting the field to prepare for the new season and returning Coach Greg Venger’s team is aiming high.

“Our goal is to finish in the top half of our conference,” Venger said. “And make the playoffs for the first time in the program’s history.”

Last season, Venger’s first as coach, did not go as planned. He was brought in towards the end of the off-season; he had little time to prepare his team. Their slow start was not surprising, as they lost four of their first five games. The season was full of highs and lows for the Lady Monarchs, showing flashes of solid play but was never consistent. The team ended the season with a  4-10-7 record.

Even though the San Fernando Valley native has high hopes for the upcoming season, there is still work to do, especially in the recruiting department. They currently have 18 players, eight players returning from last season and eight freshmen.

One of the players returning from last season is the starting goalkeeper Athena Del Rosaio. She finished eighth in saves and fourth in save percentages last season in the Western State Conference.

Eighteen players is one more than they had last season, but they need more players to improve the team’s depth.

“We still need five to seven more players,” Venger said. “To help with that process, we hired a recruiting coordinator Max Martin. Also during the summer we will have some high school girls come and train with us, but we are still actively looking for players.”

Though a team with great depth will not technically win games, Venger and his coaching staff are aware of this, and are currently training twice a week till they break for finals. However, by June 17 they will start training three days per week.

With the playoffs as the number one priority for the green shirts this season, they will be hard at work till they start their season against San Diego City College on Sept. 5 at Valley College.

“It is a must for us to make the playoffs,” Venger said. “With this group of girls we are bringing, we have to make the playoffs this season.”

If current or potential Monarchs are interested in playing for Valley’s women’s soccer team, contach Coach Venger for more information, vengergs@lavc.edu.

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