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Leopards shut out Mariners, 4-0

Molly Zolman, who plays as a forward and a midfielder, scores the third goal in the first half of La Verne’s crushing 4-0 victory over Marymount. Zolman, a business administration major, has one of the highest goal averages on the team with an average of one goal for every two attempts this season. This gives the women their first win of the season. / photo by Warren Bessant

Grady Lee Thomas
Staff Writer

The women’s soccer team trounced Marymount, 4-0, to earn its first victory of the season.

The Leopards went on a scoring frenzy that took the visiting Mariners by surprise.

La Verne started off on a high note, by scoring early and often.

The game’s first goal came in the opening minute of game play.

Freshman Olga Saldivar used a well-connected pass to score the game’s first goal.

Saldivar’s goal opened the floodgates for the Leopards to attack early and often.

“I’m happy we got a win today. We just have to carry it into the rest of our games this season,” junior midfielder Stasy Muratalla said.

“We got a taste of winning now, so we have to strive for a win every game.”

La Verne continued its dominance and assertiveness as senior midfielder Ashley Vanga smashed a header into the back of the net during the 22nd minute of the game.

The header was an accurately assisted corner kick from freshman Marisella Macias. The goal marks Vanga’s first of the season.

The Leopards closed out the first half with another goal by freshman forward Molly Zolman.

“The ladies’ team played the first half lights out today,” senior English major Brett Case said.

“I cannot recall the last time our team has scored so many goals in the first half. We usually are on the opposite end of this kind of a game.”

The second half of play saw the Leopards onslaught slow down, as only one goal was scored.

The Leopards managed to accumulate a lot of corner kicks and capitalize on them.

Christine Camacho scored the games last goal in the 68th, by heading the ball into the net off of another corner kick that was perfectly placed by Marisella Macias.

The goal locked the score at 4-0, which was the final score.

The Leopards used stingy defense and a high-powered offensive attack to outplay the Mariners from start to finish.

“I’m glad the ladies could get their first win of the season out of the way,” senior business major Mike Lindsey said.

La Verne will continue with conference play with its next game at 11 a.m. tomorrow against sixth place Whittier (1-6-1).

Grady Lee Thomas can be reached at grady.thomas@laverne.edu.

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