LMC soccer concedes no goals in BVC

Jesus Cano, @Juice_Cano

If the Los Medanos College women’s soccer team performs the way they did in the last portion of Tuesday afternoon’s game, they will be more than unstoppable.

After creating multiple opportunities throughout the game but coming up scoreless, the shots that mattered were executed in the last 15 minutes of the game. LMC was able to rally by scoring two goals to beat Napa Valley College 2-0 and continue its undefeated Bay Valley Conference run this year.

With 13 minutes left in the game, the Mustangs were awarded a corner kick. Holly Gallagher continued to do what she has been doing all season, placing the ball right on money. In this case, the money pass found Shelly Torrano where she finished the play with a header, giving the Mustangs the 1-0 lead.

Despite Torrano playing this sport for most of her life, this was the first time she ever scored using her head.

“I didn’t expect it to happen, I just waited in the back post to head it in,” Torrano said. “It was a beautiful placement, I think we’ve been waiting for a corner kick like that all year.”

After that play, LMC’s offense reflected what an undefeated first place team plays like.

Adriana Urrutia followed up with a shot from outside the box that banged off the crossbar, but the assistant referee determined the ball had crossed the goal line. In a matter of minutes, LMC lead 2-0, resulting in the final score.

Los Medanos’ dominance in conference play continues, improving to 8-0 after this victory.

“It’s a really good process and it makes me happy that we’ve gotten stronger together as a team,” Urrutia said. “It’s just really exciting being able to bond and connect so well within the team.”

LMC had three scoring opportunities to start off the game, but failed to capitalize.

Sofia Kerns And Carissa Day mixed nicely late in the first half as Kerns ran an overlap pass with a through sent by Day, but could not beat the Napa Valley goalkeeper.

Although it may sound foolish to say, LMC has been struggling to score because they have outscored opponents 34-0 through eight games, 27 of those goals have came against Merritt and Mendocino, the worst teams in the conference. It would almost be a loss if the Mustangs didn’t pound the net the way they have.  

A one or two goal lead against top teams like Yuba and Solano wouldn’t necessarily secure the bag.

“Saying that we’re struggling a little bit is an understatement,” assistant coach Sal Acevedo said. “I think we’re creating opportunities, but I think when we have this best defense in the league is when it’s so important for us to give us some more time.”

Luckily, the defense for the Mustangs has been like a power outage, lights out. For the eight consecutive game, LMC has not allowed a goal.

Rylie Pearson has now clocked in 720 minutes without conceding a goal in conference play.

LMC hosts Merritt College on Friday, Oct. 26.