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SOCCER UPDATE
Women’s team has a learning year ahead of it


Players gear up for season at recent practice

Coach Carlos Olivares isn't sure if his women’s soccer team is more, or less, experienced than last year’s squad.

On the surface, it certainly is less experienced. The team is made up mostly of first year players, with only a couple of returning players from last year, said Olivares. But, he adds, among the first-year recruits are several players who had full careers on the high school soccer field.

"All of our players have had at least three years of varsity experience in high school," he said. "Last year, many of our players, even some returning from the previous year, did not have more than one or two years’ playing experience."

Although the high school and college competitive levels are significantly different, Olivares believes the discipline developed by his young players from years of regular training will result in a better conditioned, more athletic team.

Olivares is pleased with the hard-working group of players who will form the heart of this year’s team. He expects leadership from several young recruits, including forward Monica Contreras (St. Genevieve’s H.S.), Arlene Marino (club soccer), Vanessa Herrera and Ruby Torres (Birmingham H.S.), and Cindy Martinez (Kennedy H.S.).


Coach Carlos Olivares

Looking at the tough Western State Conference, Olivares predicts stiff competition from Ventura, Santa Barbara, Cuesta and Moorpark colleges. He predicts a learning year ahead for the Eagles and sees his job as helping them to learn to bond and develop a team attitude.

"If we work this year to develop a good, strong core group that stays together, I think we’ll see some success next year," he said.

The Eagles begin pre-conference play on August 31 against Pasadena City College. Conference play begins on September 14 with a road game against Santa Monica College. The first conference home game, against Bakersfield College, is on September 21. Home games will be played at Birmingham High School, 17000 Haynes St., Lake Balboa.

See the Women’s Soccer Schedule