You probably wouldn’t have noticed the slow start Los Medanos College women’s soccer had by the way they’ve performed in the Bay Valley Conference.
After going 1-5-1 in non-conference play the Mustangs have skyrocketed in production.
With the Mustangs’ narrow 1-0 victory over Yuba College, LMC is now undefeated (6-0) through the first half of conference outscoring opponents 21-0.
LMC came off it’s biggest victory of the season on Oct. 15 when they took down the reigning BVC champion Solano College.
The game started with a 45 minute delay due to the late arrival of the officials for the game.
As soon as the game got under way, Yuba had LMC on its toes, catching them off guard as the 49ers kept on pounding the Mustangs offense.
But after that, LMC looked more like the mid October team we are used to seeing: the creation of offensive opportunities, but not being able to capitalize on them.
Holly Gallagher and Sydney Vueve had notable back to back shots on goal, with 17 minutes left in the first half. Kailey Lewis also had a 35 yard shot that barely was just within reach of the Yuba goalkeeper to knock it out of play. Gallagher would get another clear opportunity with a shot outside the 18 yard box but it bounced off the post.
“I still think we can get a lot better, we’re leaving a lot of goals out,” LMC head coach Zach Sullivan said. “We hit a lot of posts lately which is really unlucky and in the preseason we didn’t have a lot of chances open right in front of the goal.”
The only goal of the match came from Vueve in second half. With 37:30 on the clock she dribbled through and rifled the shot right over the Yuba goalkeeper. Carissa Day recorded the assist.
“I got it off a throw in and kind of took it in and just put it top right over the keeper,” said Vueve.
It was also a good sign to see Day play, especially after the scary injury she had a week and half ago against College of Marin and having to sit out in the Mustangs’ victory over Solano.
LMC has outscored opponents 21-0 through the first round of conference, a drastic shift from non-conference play when the Mustangs ended on a four game winless streak being outscored 12-2.
Rylie Pearson gas gone 540 minutes in conference play without allowing a goal, certainly one of the best performances by an LMC goalkeeper in recent memory.
But the now developed backline of Emma Spears, Brianna Olmedo, Marymar Mejía Valencia and Shelly Torrano have been a key in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Kyle Anaya also adds depth to the defense. Kailey Lewis was a late addition to the team, but has been a important contributor on defense ever since her arrival.
“They’re finally getting to play a lot of games together, they play really well as unit,” Sullivan said. “It comes a long way you back four knowing each other is very important.”
Sullivan also said that sophomore captain Samantha Donavan has been doing well controlling and distributing the ball at the holding mid position.
Next up for the Mustangs is a trip Mendocino College on Friday Oct. 19.