On Tuesday at the Glendale Sports Complex, coach Jorge Mena’s women’s soccer team played Ventura College looking to win their fourth game in a row, but came up short losing 4-1.
The Vaqueros looked strong when they took the field, but so did Ventura, and after a hard- fought first half, in which neither team scored, Mena commented to the team, “We had our chances to score. Go out and give them pressure.”
Shortly after the second half started, Ventura scored their first goal. Ventura did not stop there, as they also scored two more goals. Later, putting the score up to 3-0.
With momentum on Ventura’s side, the Vaqueros scored on a corner kick, which was accidentally knocked in by Ventura. It was now a 3-1 game.
Later in the second half, Ventura scored again on a chip shot over goalie Roxy Morales’ head, which sealed the deal, ending the game.
Even though Ventura scored four goals, Morales played a good game.
“We had more chances than they did to score” Mena said. “We had some injuries. We just need to be consistent and finish up strong.”
Oxnard, L.A. Mission and Hancock, who fell victim to Glendale during their winning streak, were shut down by Michelle Vega, Lily Leon, Debra Mosombite and Anasheh Aslanian as they each connected for one or more goals per game.
When asked about how the Vaqueros (5-4) are going to do in the second round, Mena said, “We are a good team and we know how to bounce back. If we can stay healthy, we’ll be up there.”
The Vaqueros start Round 2 of conference matches Tuesday at 2 p.m. at home against Citrus College.