Women’s soccer ready to grind

The Cerritos College women’s soccer team scrimmaged against Vanguard university on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Cerritos soccer field and are prepared for the upcoming season.

Although the score was not kept on the score board, the objective of the game was to evaluate certain strengths and weaknesses the Falcons may be enduring.

Head coach Ruben Gonzalez said that he was content with the draw result.

“This is a good indication,” said Gonzalez. “We played an NIA school that was ranked number three in the nation, so this will help us prepare for our season.”

The team has been going through many conditioning drills throughout the summer in preparation for the upcoming season.

“Yeah, I feel like we did a lot to prepare,” said freshman defender Brittney Padilla. We have done a lot of running and scrimmaging.”

She added, “I feel like we’re ready. One thing we need to improve on is connecting more with ourselves.”

Many of the strengths and weaknesses were showcased as freshman forward Nayeli Requejo managed to strike back with a penalty kick against the opposing Vanguard defense.

Requejo stated, “I’m glad the team was able to count on me. Penalties are my strong point.”

With a scrimmage game already under their belts, the Falcons coaching staff and players have assessed what must be improved.

“We can improve in a lot of areas,” said Gonzalez. “We’ll get back to the drawing board. Our first official game is next Friday so we’re excited to play and get started.”