The outlook for Glendale’s women’s soccer team this season comes with high hopes and a lot of potential.
With only four players returning from last season, and 16 freshmen, Coach Jorge Mena is ecstatic with the group of girls he has for this year and for the future.
Of course with a young team comes new challenges and different work habits. Mena’s approach to the game and the way they practice is nothing but business.
“These girls are hard workers. We will have practice at 6 a.m. and these girls we be here at 5:30 a.m. getting prepped and warming up.”
For being young and inexperience, the group is mature and will know what to do when they face adversity
The Vaqueros had their first game last Friday against Los Angeles Compton College. They fell short 3-1 but with the loss, Mena said he likes the way his team played.
“We played two completely different games last week,” said Mena “In the first half it was slow but in the second half it was completely different.”
als in the first half but was able to turn it around in the second. The defense picked up not allowing Compton College to score and the Vaquero’s were able to score before the end of the game.
“We had some goals get taken away from us in the second half, if that wouldn’t [have happened] we could have came out with a win,” Mena said.
For most of the ladies on the team, it was their first college game. This year’s schedule includes two conference games against Santa Monica College, where there are several international players, which may be an obstacle. Not only are the Vaquero’s playing teams around Southern California but also from different countries. Meaning the level of competition increases that much more on the college level.
With the way the team finished the second half, Mena hopes that it doesn’t take more than three to four games to get the tempo of the game.
The Lady Vaquero’s will play a conference game against Citrus College on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.