April 1, 2023
Mustangs compete in Condors league game |  PCAL girls' soccer - Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE-The Monte Vista Christian women’ soccer staff took a significant hit within the roster desk after dropping their first seven gamers as a result of commencement, college students transferring out of state or going to a special faculty.

So it was a reduction for first-year Mustangs coach John Martin to see a brand new group of freshmen step into the brand new season.

MVC drew 1-1 in opposition to Sobrato within the non-league match on December 14 to shut the pre-season portion of its schedule.

“It was surprising they usually performed effectively,” mentioned Martin. “It actually gave me a whole lot of braveness.”

Martin mentioned a giant aim this season is to not let gamers scare themselves into considering {that a} recreation is perhaps over earlier than it even begins. Nonetheless, he’s assured that they’ll compete with any membership staff within the area.

“It is only a matter of getting them to imagine in themselves and never promote themselves low cost,” he mentioned.

Final season, the Mustangs certified for the Central Coast Division playoffs and misplaced to Salinas within the Division IV quarterfinals.

The Mustangs have two league titles however haven’t received a title in eight years since profitable the defunct Monterey Bay League in 2014-15 and once more in 2008-09.

They should problem their cross-city rivals Pajaro Valley (5-3-1), Soledad (6-1-0), Carmel (1-2-1), North Monterey County (2-3-1), Pacific. Collegiate (2-3-0) and Rancho San Juan (4-3-1) to revive a league crown within the Pacific Coast Athletic League’s Mission Division.

MVC has one in all PCAL’s greatest goalkeepers, younger Alexa Malespina, a coach’s dream to be within the field.

Martin mentioned his excellent goalkeeper was a frontrunner within the backfield and was a bit reckless at occasions, however there was a objective behind it.

“[Malespina’s] His enthusiasm, capacity to hear and willingness to be taught… If he continues on this path, there can be a number of universities that can be very happy with him.”

Monte Vista Christian teen Alexa Malespina is the primary goalkeeper for the Mustangs women’ soccer staff and one of many prime goalkeepers within the PCAL Mission Division this season. (Unique to John Thornburg/Pajaronian)

Younger heart/ahead Julia Reiland has six objectives for the Mustangs this season. His freshman teammate, Ashley Drago, has super velocity with super velocity, is trainable, and has all the overall ball expertise most freshmen hope to have on the school stage.

“Constructing on that can be nice for the future-facing program,” Martin mentioned.

Enjoying proper wing or attacking midfielder, Drago has 5 objectives adopted by Audrey Graham, a world-class midfielder who can transfer the ball and discover clear teammates with clear passes.

Senior centre-back Alex Keldsen makes some changes as he strikes from inside the sphere to full-back, whereas sophomore Ashlyn Hoffman’s braveness, ball dexterity and skill to learn the sphere assist her get bodily on the sphere.

Keldsen is complemented by Amanda Pasag, who’s a more proficient mid-center participant and has a chilled presence.

“They’re sensible beneath strain and superb at hiding, they actually complement one another,” Martin mentioned.

Nevertheless it was troublesome for Martin to get the identical 11 gamers on the sphere on the similar time.

After gamers qualify to play after the membership staff season, gamers disappear as a result of vacation break or sickness. They’d two full matches, together with a draw in opposition to Sobrato, the place Martin noticed what he believed to be the beginning unit.

Having a stable beginning 11 permits them to gel and provides Martin time to see the totally different lineups greatest suited to them as a unit.

“Regardless of the circumstances, we’ll all the time stay constructive,” he mentioned. “We’ll simply see what occurs.”

The Mustangs will start their house league recreation in opposition to North Monterey County on January 4 at 5:45 PM.

North Monterey County

The North Monterey County women’ soccer staff will compete in a tricky PCAL Mission Division, beginning with their match in opposition to Monte Vista Christian on January 4 at 5:45 PM. (contributed)

North Monterey County Excessive College may have one of many youngest beginning rosters when it begins its league recreation on January 4 at Monte Vista Christian.

The highest 11 will embrace three seniors, seven sophomores, and one freshman.

Condors coach Leandro Rosales mentioned most gamers are beginning to get used to the upper velocity and expertise that groups have on the varsity stage.

“That is one thing I attempted to inform them in apply, it’s good to be there and play quicker as a result of more often than not they’re used to most JV ranges,” he mentioned.

The Junior Condors staff contains 10 sophomores, two freshmen, three juniors, and 4 seniors.

Rosales was impressed that the decrease lessons took cost, regardless that they have been youngsters on the workers.

Sophomore Piper Gallego stepped ahead as the principle defender, Mitchell Machuca is NMC’s greatest goalkeeper within the penalty space, and striker Adrea Ibarra is the heartbeat of the entrance staff.

“Typically he is afraid to face different women as a result of [Ibarra’s] I am not used to it,” Rosales mentioned.

The Condors misplaced their video games to Scotts Valley and Harbor, however Rosales took be aware of how a lot they’ve improved since their coaching camp days.

He mentioned it began in coaching and elevated the depth, then transferred it to the matches.

Rosales added that some groups could also be favorites on paper, however as soon as the gamers are on the pitch, it is a totally different story.

“It takes school stage, depth, a whole lot of vitality, and you need to be sensible,” he mentioned. “Your toes are your instruments, however the factor you utilize most is your head.”

The Condors will begin their league recreation on January 4 at 17:45 at Monte Vista Christian.

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