The women’s soccer team embraced its revamped home with its third shutout victory of the season, winning 6-0 Saturday against Bethesda at Ortmayer Stadium.
“It’s definitely a big confidence booster, winning our preseason games,” junior defender Brianna Romero said.
The women are now 3-0 after a devastating season last year placing last in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“Our ultimate goal for the season is to start competing in SCIAC and make it to the SCIAC tournament and see what happens after that,” head coach Antoinette Love said.
Their win follows a 12-0 win against Mills College and a 1-0 win over Lewis and Clark College.
“We are doing pretty good from our preseason wins,” junior forward Nancy Rodriguez said.
Leading the Leopards with four goals was junior forward/ midfielder Marisella Macias. Macias scored two goals early in the first half within a four-minute span, giving the Leopards an early lead in the game.
One goal assisted by Olga Saldivar and another with a breakaway, leading in a low shot past Bethesda’s goal keeper Nancy Mejia.
Two minutes later sophomore midfielder Jamie Weaver scored the third goal with an assist by junior defender Karina McLeod.
With an open goal, junior defender Sarah Ruden assisted junior defender Katie Careaga for the Leopards’ fourth goal in the 23rd minute.
Macias finished out the first half with another goal assisted by Weaver leaving the Leopards’ soccer team an advantage of 5-0 to begin the second half.
By the end of the first half, the Leopards’ had 13 attempted shots and Bethesda had zero.
In the 68th minute, freshman midfielder, Isabel Torres assisted Macias with her fourth and final goal of the night closing the team out with an ending score of 6-0.
Ending the game, the Leopards outshot the Flames, 17-0.
“Tonight said a lot about the team,” Love said. “They are willing to work hard to get the result.”
The team is very optimistic about their season this year and having a home field is only boosting the Leopards’ confidence.
“The field is a motivator,” junior defender Sarah Ruden said. “Its nice to be on campus.”
“Going into season we feel confident.” Romero said. “At this point, it is all about working out the bugs. The team is in the right spot where we should be right now.”
The team felt ready for season and looked forward to their season opener against Cal Lutheran.
“We need to focus on our communication next game and keeping our momentum,” Ruden said.
“We lost to them only 1-0 last year, so we are hoping to get that win,” Rodriguez stated.
The Leopards los their first SCIAC game of the season against Cal Lutheran 1-0 Wednesday.
La Verne wil play in their second SCIAC game at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Whittier College against Whittier.
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