Lady Grizzlies versus Valencia


Heading into Thursday’s game against Valencia High School, Golden Valley’s Lady Grizzlies were ready to change their 0-2-1 record. Coincidentally, Valencia was also 0-2-1. Both teams walked away 0-2-2.
Golden Valley played again with the 4-3-3 formation. They knew they had to be flexible in their approach after studying Valencia’s stats.
From the start, the girls were told to take all possible shots because any ball might score. This strategy would take advantage of the skillful midfield to make plays. Within the first two minutes of the game, junior Jenna Byrne acquired the ball and sent it long and out wide where sophomore Kayla DeLa Merced got possession of the ball and took it up the line to cross the ball into the net with a successful shot starting the game 1-0 in Golden Valley’s favor.
Valencia reacted quickly tying the game 1-1 by the end of the first half.
During the first half, a Valencia player was dismissed for misconduct against a referee, forcing Valencia to play with only ten players instead of eleven.
In the second half, Golden Valley shot a second goal when junior Mariah Garcia took a free kick from 20 yards out from Valencia’s goal. All the Lady Grizzlies were ready to follow Garcia’s ball and be where they could finish by placing the ball into the goal. When the ball was kicked, sophomore Natalia Zuluaga Ramirez was able to head the ball right in front of the goal, which set it up for senior Bella Montiforte to kick the ball into the back of the net, which made the score 2-1. Just as the girls believed they would be winning this game, Valencia scored another goal ending the game in a 2-2 tie.
The aftermath of this game left the girls feeling defeated as opposed to when they tied with Saugus. However, our Ladies made a commitment to do “Whatever it takes” to come back and be prepared to take on West Ranch on January 21st.