The Delta College women’s soccer team held on for a 1-0 victory over Folsom Lake College Falcons improving to 7-0 on Sept. 19 at Gardemeyer Field.
“We expected a very physical game,” said sophomore forward/defender Rachel Sianez. “We expected this to be our toughest game of preseason …”
With the victory the Lady Mustangs have accomplished what head coach Adrienne Sorensan said is “the best start in program history.”
Freshman Madeline Yslava took a pass from fellow freshman, Kiki Muniz, and was able to get the ball past Folsom Lake goalie, Aubrey Hall in minute 65 of the game.
Sophomore goalie Shaunna Ridge recorded her third shutout of the short season by making one stop as the defense suffocated the Falcons.
“We just have an incredible team,” said Ridge. “The mental toughness. Their physical toughness, they really stepped up, and kind of held strong throughout the entire game. We kind of lost it a little bit in the second half, but they came back, got their composure back, and really did a good job finishing it.”
The Mustangs started the season with a 7-0 route over Yuba College on Aug. 27.
The offense has tallied 29 goals, while the defense has swallowed opponent’s offense up by allowing only one goal, and shutting out six of the seven teams they have faced, which is First in state.
“Since game one we’ve gotten a lot closer with one another,” said Sianez. “Yes, we did really well in game one, but as a team as a whole, we’ve come together and decided what we want and we work every day to get where we want to be and this is where we want to be, is undefeated and be strong with one another.”
How do the leaders feel about this historic start?
“It just makes me proud because as being captain, I’m part of a team that’s just coming out strong, and we’re confident,” said sophomore midfielder Amanda Lopez. “We believe in each other, and we have so much chemistry on and off the field that it’s just an amazing thing to be a part of. It makes me proud to be part of the team and it’s good to make history.”
The Lady Mustangs begin Big 8 Conference play today against the Modesto Junior College Pirates (6-1) at 7 p.m. at Gardemeyer field, with free entrance for fans.
The Mustangs will try to end the Pirates six-game winning streak.