Women's Team Faces Season of Learning
gear up for season at recent practice
Carlos Olivares isn't sure if his womens soccer team is more, or
less, experienced than last years 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
Olivares is pleased with the hard-working group of players who will form
the heart of this years team. He expects leadership from several
young recruits, including forward Monica Contreras (St. Genevieves
H.S.), Arlene Marino (club soccer), Vanessa Herrera and Ruby Torres (Birmingham
H.S.), and Cindy Martinez (Kennedy H.S.).
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 well 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.
the Womens Soccer Schedule