AVC soccer team doesn’t think it’s fit to be tied so often

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Going into Tuesday’s Foothill Conference game against Victor Valley College, AVC (3-8-6, 0-1-3) has been involved in ties in six of its 17 games, including three of its four conference games. “There’s ties that you’re happy with, and there are ties that you know you should have won, and those can be hard,” Galvao said. “We’re kind of living in an in-between land right now.” On the plus side, sophomore Ericka Mendoza (Palmdale High), a returning all-conference selection, and freshman Nikiy Williams (Littlerock) have spearheaded an outstanding defensive effort, helping AVC limit its opponents to just five goals in conference. But he acknowledged that the Marauders’ inability to capitalize on scoring chances is a concern. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College women’s soccer coach Lemuel Galvao has mixed feelings about ties. It’s not such a bad thing when his team plays a heavily favored opponent and manages to avoid a loss, as it did Aug. 31 when it managed a 1-1 deadlock with defending state quarterfinalist Pierce College of Woodland Hills. But on occasions when he felt his team outplayed its opponent but squandered opportunities, such as a 1-1 tie with San Bernardino Valley on Oct. 10, he says it’s been extremely frustrating. Galvao qualifies as an expert on the subject. AVC has scored just two goals in conference. “We’re getting a lot of opportunities, but we’re just not finishing,” Galvao said. Galvao said his team is focusing on finishing plays in practices, creating scenarios that require players to think through passing combinations that he hopes will produce the desired results. But he acknowledged that part of the problem is inexperience playing in pressure situations. Of AVC’s 20 players, 16 are freshmen. “A lot of it is mental,” Galvao said. “Until you’re put into pressure situations, you’re not going to know what it’s like.” Tough meet: The men’s cross country team placed 10th at Saturday’s prestigious Santa Barbara Invitational. The meet featured 20 full-scoring teams and more than 200 runners in both men’s and women’s heats. The Marauders were led by freshmen Kurtis Rohrenback (Highland) and Irvin Garcia (Lancaster), who placed 13th and 21st, respectively. In the women’s circuit, Jelani Carter (Palmdale) placed 14th. AVC coach Mark Covert said the Marauders’ focus now turns to the Oct. 25 Foothill Conference championships in Victorville and the Nov. 3 Southern California championships, which AVC will play host to at the Lancaster National Soccer Complex. The men’s team is seeking its first state appearance in three years and its seventh in 17 years since Covert took over the program in 1989. The Marauders have qualified a team or individual runners every year over that stretch. “The real season starts now,” Covert said. “Everything else leading up to this was steppingstone. Now it’s time to freshen up, get healthy and come up with three big efforts.” School record: Sophomore standout Chelsea Orozco (Highland) shot a school record 78 Monday for AVC’s women’s golf team on an 18-hole par-72 course at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. Orozco, who’s averaging 80, has emerged as a potential Division I or II scholarship prospect, AVC coach Brett Pape said. She’s already shaved eight shots off her score from her senior year at Highland High. “She can improve and she can compete,” Pape said. “There’s so many programs out there, I’ve gotta believe there’s a place for her somewhere.” Also: The football team is coming off a bye last weekend. The Marauders look to end their school record 22-game losing streak Saturday when they face San Bernardino Valley. & The men’s and women’s basketball teams had their first practices Monday. [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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