Women’s soccer hopeful for future

Annabel Secaida
Staff Writer
Kat Simonelli
News Editor

The women’s soccer team left sweat, tears and most importantly heart on the field as it finished it’s 2014 season Saturday, placing sixth in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Leopards celebrated a 2-0 victory in their last game of the season against Whittier at Ortmayer stadium.

The team finished the season 7-10-1 overall and 5-8-1 in SCIAC.

“I think this year something that we’ve branded is the type of soccer we wanted to play,” head coach Lauryn Pehanich said.

“We didn’t necessarily get some of the results that we wanted but the style of soccer is continuing on.”

The last home game was also senior night for five players; defender Audriana Arceneaux, defender Deanna Doss, goalkeeper Delanie Pacheco, defender Natalie Vasquez and midfielder JJ Weaver.

“It’s sad and I’m definitely going to miss it, but I think it was my best last year because we were a good group of girls with a great coaching staff,” Vasquez said.

It was an intense season for the Leopards, who played two games that went into overtime, one of them resulting in a double overtime tie against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, 1-1, after almost two and a half hours of play.

Pacheco, La Verne’s starting goalkeeper, totaled 81 saves this season.

She came in second in the SCAIC conference, behind Chapman’s sophomore keeper Kristin Kleinow who had 114 saves total.

Weaver ended with a season high of seven goals out of 20 for the team followed by junior midfielders Maribel Duran and Cassidy Schweiger who both ended with three.

Weaver made the top five for goals scored and assists in the SCIAC conference overall, she was tied for third with seven goals total.

Both Pacheco and Weaver were both selected for all SCIAC teams.

Pacheco was selected as a first team keeper and Weaver made the second team as a forward.

“It’s been quite an experience, but looking back at my team and looking back at my defense they’ve pretty much been the same throughout the years so it’s more of a testament to them and all their hard work than anything,” Pacheco said. “I just get the recognition, so that’s cool, but its all of their work too.”

Their home opener against Cal Lutheran proved to be a success for the Leopards as they dominated one of their top rivals in league 2-1 on Sept. 20.

“That game our team was all on the same page,” Duran said. “We all brought momentum whether it was off the field or in the game, and it showed our team values.”

The Leopards were two wins away from qualifying for a spot in the SCIAC postseason tournament this season.

“Our biggest challenge was our communication because there were disappointing close games and we were close to going to playoffs,” junior center midfielder Carlee Chien said. “Things we can improve on would be to be more hungry toward the goal and wanting to score aggressively.”

With potential running high for next season, the Leopards hope to work harder in the off season to better prepare for the 2015 season and be ready to compete in next year’s SCIAC playoffs.

“We had added 10 freshmen this past year and it was difficult just because there were so many new players,” Pehanich said. “As difficult as it was, it definitely changed the dynamic of the team and I’m excited that we brought in that many because now we have a group of sophomores that are very well rounded. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re doing next year.”

Annabel Secaida can be reached at annabel.secaida@laverne.edu.

Kat Simonelli can be reached at kathryn.simonelli@laverne.edu.

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