Fighting spirit pays off with Gaucho road win

Ian Akerson

Saddleback women’s soccer team dominated Golden West College in a 4-0 victory on Sept 25.The Gauchos started the game like a prize fighter with a thirst for blood. They rushed and fought for almost every 50/50 ball, this was a different team from games before.

“We got together before the game and had an emotional heart to heart before the game.” Said Coach Craig, whose team showed on the field with amazing game play and beautiful aggression that her words meant something to them. “I asked them to come out and play with all their hearts, and the definitely did.”

The women’s aggressive pace was definitely paid off; by half time the Gauchos had scored two goals coming from #5 Ashley Novak and # 21 Amie Soares. The first half set a fast pace and an aggressive pace as saddleback showed Golden West how to play contact soccer.

The second half was no different as saddleback continued to dominate and control the game, only allowing Golden West to take Two shots on goal while # 15 Ashlyann Rodriguez and #6 Laura Espinoza brought the game to 4-0, each scoring in the second half. Even with such a big lead the Gauchos never let the intensity drop, showing the game is not over till the whistle is blown 3 times.

“Our mental preparation was better then it has been, and every one was pushing for the 50/50 balls.” Said Jennifer Smith #10 on her teams stellar performance.” I love soccer and put everything out on the field.” With how the gauchos played you can tell they all feel the same.

The final score was 4-0 and was a much needed moral victory after a non-conference loss to Victor Valley. This victory really showed the depth of this team and how much heart they all really have. The team had a fire burning inside waiting to mushroom cloud and it came out against Golden West. Lets see if the Gauchos can keep the fire burning as they host Defending Champs Santiago Canyon on Friday Oct 5th.

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