Lady Trojans kick the season into high gear

The lady Trojans have started out their 2005 soccer season with a successful record of 5-1-2 overall, and are currently ranked fifth in Northern California.

They have defeated College of Marin, Ohlone, City College, Gavilan and Contra Costa. The Trojans have only lost to Foothill and tied with West Hills and Los Positas.

As a team, the women are doing better this season compared to last year’s team.

“We weren’t as good last year after eight games,” said Kevin Corsiglia, women’s soccer coach. “Last year [at this time] we were ranked number 15 or 16 in Northern California.”

The Trojan’s game against Gavilan College on Fri. Sep.16 started off the women’s conference matches. All games before that were pre-season games. The wins the team had before the actual season began will count towards their overall record and help them qualify for playoffs. Last year, the women missed the playoffs by less than a game. On the 16th, the Trojans shutout Gavilan 6-0 with goals from Aurora David, Sindy Leon-Rodriguez, Michelle Guiral, Bridget Winans and two from Asling O’Flynn.

The following day, Skyline captured another win with another shutout against Contra Costa 2-0. Freshman Nancy Chicas, state leader in scoring, scored the two goals for the victory with assists from her teammates.

The women Trojans have some new competition this year with City College’s new program. The women defeated their rivals on Sep. 13, 5-2, with four goals from Chicas and a goal from Leon-Rodriguez.

The women on the team have been trying to get a larger turnout this year at their games, because last year the crowd could’ve been larger. Malorie Swanson and David said they were using different media outlets to let people know of their games. They are posting messages on MySpace, trying to get support and new fans.

The women have a team that is half returning players and half new players and are working on making that balance work. The lady Trojans are striving for wins and a playoff spot.