Historic season for women’s soccer comes to a close

Jesus Cano, @Juice_Cano

The season that seemed impossible to achieve at the beginning year has ended for the Los Medanos College women’s soccer team.

After a week of delay, the Mustangs were finally able to play its play-in game against interdistrict rival, Diablo Valley College. And while the game had LMC as the home team, both teams were on the road. This game was rescheduled as a result due to the poor air quality level around the Bay Area. This game found College of Marin to be the neutral site.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, DVC proved to be too much as the Vikings stood on top in a 1-0 shutout victory.

But one loss does not describe the amount of success this team had. For the first time in at least 25 years, LMC won the Bay Valley Conference. And its performance during conference play lives up to the accomplishments. For nine games, LMC was lights out, not conceding a single goal and outscoring opponents 42-0 during that span.

“I’m Extremely proud! Our season goal was to win conference and we did that for the first time in over 25 years at LMC!” said head coach Zach Sullivan. “The DVC game was disappointing as we won the right to have a home game as we were seeded ahead of them but had to move to a neutral site due to the air quality. We weren’t able to train for over a week before the game which impacted things.”

But at the beginning of the season, the Mustangs went 1-5-1, ending the non-conference play on a four game winless streak. They took on some of the best teams in the state like Las Positas and San Joaquin Delta College, who recently made the elite four.

“It’s pretty exciting, we worked so hard for this,” sophomore captain Emma Spears said. “Preseason was tough but I think it prepared us for conference play.”

Spears was one of the best defenders on the team according to Sullivan, along with Briana Olmedo.

Carissa Day lead the team with 11 goals, meanwhile players like Samantha Donovan and Holly Gallagher helped out distributing the ball.

But goalkeeper Rylie Pearson was performing like a power outage, lights out recording a 0.89 goals against average and recording 62 saves.

Sullivan hopes that the accomplishments this year will attract more local talent to play at LMC rather than commute to play at another school.