Lady Corsairs Light Up LA Valley

On a blistering day with temperatures reaching triple digits, Santa Monica College's Women's Soccer team caught fire. Before the game, Corsairs Forward Daysi Serrano said, "Today, our worst enemy will be the heat. So basically mentally we have to be prepared for it."

The hot and seemingly breezeless afternoon had an affect on the Corsairs to start. LA Valley College got off to an early one-goal lead, thanks to Karla Lopez, but her goal woke up the Lady Corsairs.

SMC quickly erased the early deficit once Filippa Struxsjo rifled in a shot that found the back of the net. Not long after Struxsjo's goal, Freshmen Antoinette Saldana scored on a magnificent shot that left LA Valley's goalie clueless.

The goals kept coming, one minute after SMC took the lead, sophomore Marisa Moore scored and gave her team a 3-1 lead. The Corsairs found their fourth goal when Josseline Espinoza got loose and slid a shot right past the keeper.

LAVC responded when Ceci Venegas added her team's second goal to keep their hope alive. Santa Monica quickly crushed that sliver of hope. Moore found the back of the net once again, which gave the Corsairs a three goal lead.

Santa Monica's Freshmen Joscelyn Diaz gave the Corsairs a very comfortable four-goal lead, she got past the defense and made them pay tremendously. SMC scored their seventh-goal which put the cherry on top of their dominant performance. 

Santa Monica has a very mentally strong Women's Soccer team. Serrano said, "Everything is a mindset and a mentality, so once you have that, then everything comes after that."

SMC Women's Soccer team now has a record of 11-3-2 and will battle Glendale College on Friday, Oct. 27 at home.