SAC women’s soccer continue struggles, get shut out at home

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Forward Vida Mendoza looks to push the ball downfield. Photo by Edgar Galvan / el Don.

Santa Ana College women’s soccer lost 2-0 to Los Angeles Valley College on Friday.

SAC struggled to contain LAVC in the first half. They conceded two goals in the first 35 minutes of the first half. 

Since containment was an issue, their offense was very stagnant throughout the half. They couldn’t connect on passes or create space off dribble. As a result, LAVC dominated the ball control.

The Dons didn’t even take a shot in the first half.

“We could have done better if we were going to the ball and not away from it,” said SAC’s midfielder Karen Juarez. 

Their halftime adjustments brought up their energy and kept the Monarchs from pulling away.

At the start of the second half, everything looked different for SAC. They were able to create chances. Small passes and quick touches were key for SAC to attack the goal of LAVC.

SAC’s defense pitched a shutout in the second half too. They started to close down the space that they were allowing. They gave little breathing room to the Monarchs players.

“We went over how much space we were giving them and how communicating on the field will stop them,” said Coach Jaymie Baquero. 

The Dons applied much more pressure in the second half of their loss. Photo by Edgar Galvan / el Don

The Dons had one really good look in the second half. About nine minutes in,  midfielder Emily Alvarado stepped up to take a free kick and sent a perfect cross, but none of her teammates were able to get a touch on the ball.

SAC has a daunting task next, as they face Pasadena City College on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Pasadena is 3-0-3 and has conceded two goals in six games.

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