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Brahmas stampede through Monarchs

Gisell Cruz (5) surges past Diana Caballero (22) and Wendy Garcia (8). Oct. 12, 2018, Valley Glen, Calif. Photos by Andrew Susanto

Women’s soccer kept the winning streak alive in dominant fashion with a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs.  

This extends the win streak to six games and improves the Brahmas overall record to 9-3-2, while 2-0 in conference play.

Adolfo Perez, head coach, was very impressed with how the girls competed against an LA Valley team that started conference play on top.

Perez said that this was a statement win against a team that is extremely confident they could make some noise.

“This is the most wins they have had in many years,” Perez said. “So to come in their house and beat them when they thought this was their year is great for our confidence going forward.”

Perez acknowledged that his team has multiple Division I talents and that, through all the injuries and adversity of the season, they are the fuel that is keeping this machine running.

“We’ve had so many injuries and we just patched it up,” Perez said. “We have three or four

Division I players, so when you have players like that it helps you. Great players make a great coach.”

Diana Millan, center midfielder, netted two goals  and Keyonna Hill, forward, added another. Hill scored her 19th goal of the season.

Perez said they are both valuable to this team on the offensive end. Perez found it ironic that Diana scored twice today because she leads the state in assists.

“They are key,” Perez said. “They are both in the top five in the state and for Diana, the irony is that she is leading the state in assists and today she scored two goals which is pretty impressive when you have almost 80 programs.”

Millan said that since conference play began she had to start being more aggressive offensively and do more than just assist.

“Since conference started I had to make a difference,” Millan said. “I’ve been assisting, but I’ve been wanting to score a goal and I finally got to.”

The Brahmas have not allowed an opposing goal for two straight games, the first time this season they have put up back-to-back shutouts.

Perez said the key to their defense has been effective communication and that they are playing as a team.

Millan believes their defense has been effective because of the physicality that they play with and that it is important that they are consistently aggressive for the rest of the season.

“At times we aren’t aggressive and they do get past us,” Millan said. “Today we played well defensively and fought the whole time and that is how it should be every game.”

Diana Salonga, midfielder and one of the captains, said they were extra motivated on the defensive end because the Monarchs always come out with plenty of energy every time they match up against them.

“They always come out with a lot of energy and even though they did, we still ended up getting the win,” Salonga said.

Perez believes their next match against Santa Monica College is a huge test for them because they are currently one of the best teams in the conference.

“They are one of the strongest, if not the strongest team in the conference,” Perez said. “If we play at our max, I think we will do fine.”

The Brahmas will host a Santa Monica College team who is currently on a four-game winning streak and has only one loss that came in a non-conference match. The game will be on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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