Lady Grizzlies Soccer

Lady Grizzlies Soccer

Steed, Nicholas

Golden Valley’s Lady Grizzlies Varsity soccer team has truly performed in their preseason matches. The team has showed exceptional growth from last year. Implementing a new style of play focused on having a highly competitive offensive top half and defensively strong line in the back to defend the back of the net. Currently holding a 3-2-1 record, the team is heading into their next game against Alemany with high hopes of racking up another win at home.
So far the Ladies have defended their home turf from Palmdale Aerospace (2-1), Fillmore (1-1), and Rio Mesa (1-0). They also gained another win against Rosamond High School ending the match 2-1. These wins have given the program a boost of confidence and a chance to see which plays have good performance and which plays could use some adjustments based on where they fell short.
Having their whole team back, from players being absent due to playing in soccer clubs, for the match against Rio Mesa finally gave Head Coach Freddy Wheeler an idea of who worked better together on the field and who he needed to move around to strengthen the play. It was clear after the game that Center Forward, freshman Kaia Usher was one girl who performed exceedly well with her speed and multiple shots on goal. Usher was able to sneak a shot on goal in the Rio Mesa game with having the ball set up in position by a defensive block from Rio Mesa’s defensive line.
The team’s midfield was also dominant with a powerful trio embodied with Attacking Midfielder, junior Mariah Garcia, Box to Box Midfielder, senior Isabella Montiforte and Defensive Midfielder, sophomore Natalia Zuluaga Ramirez. Having this trio in the middle of the field gave the offensive players are chance to create ways for the ball shot on goal.
Coach Wheeler commented that this year, “The players are dedicated and want to represent GV well.” And representing what it means to be a Lady Grizzlies is exactly what this 2019-2020 Varsity Lady Grizzlies team is doing. Captain Mariah Garcia made the comment to The Signal, that people should definitely “come out and watch us in league because we’re going to upset some people.” Heading into the competitive Foothill League Season the girls are prepared to do “Whatever it takes” in order to show they are coming back from their last year’s record.