You didn’t have to be psychic to have predicted the outcome of the Los Medanos College women’s soccer team match against Merritt College.
LMC kept rolling in its impressive undefeated Bay Valley Conference run, defeating Merritt 6-0.
And while the LMC soccer team is accustomed to seeing star players lead the Mustangs in this historic season for the program, games like Friday afternoon’s against the struggling 1-8-1 Merritt team provided the opportunity for many of LMC’s secondary players to step up, especially with absence of five starters.
“Even with missing five starters I think they stepped up and filled in those spaces,” LMC Head coach Zach Sullivan said.
And LMC took care of business in the first half, scoring all six goals in the first 45.
It was the captains that gave the Mustangs the early lead when centerback Emma Spears scored on an assist by Samantha Donovan. A few minutes later, Donovan recorded the second goal with a shot outside the box, making 2-0 LMC lead with plenty of life left in the game.
Leia Baker scored the third goal. Baker did not play in LMC’s previous game against Napa Valley College according to Sullivan, but she filled in nicely in the outside back.
“We can work on making runs down the sideline and we can work on switching it from our defense and putting it up through our mid,” Baker said.
In the last 10 minutes of the first half LMC scored three goals, one on a breakaway from Sofia Kerns that she dribbled from midfield. Carissa Day scored her 10th goal of the season, continuing her lead as the Mustangs’ top scorer. Ashley Galindo got her first goal of the season in the last minute of the first half.
LMC did not score in the second half, but also didn’t allow a goal, something the Mustangs are pretty comfortable doing. They have gone 810 minutes without getting scored on.
Freshman Holly Gallagher recorded two assists.
“I was just looking up, taking my time and just finding the gaps to who I can play it to,” Gallagher said. “Everyone is working really hard.”
LMC improves to 9-0, and aims to maintain that perfect run when they travel to Marysville to play Yuba College Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.