DVC nips Napa in the bud


DVC’s Karla Hernandez, left, vies for the ball against a lunging Napa Valley player. Hernandez scored the team’s fifth goal in the 69th minute to give DVC a 5-0 lead.

Ryan Peters, Staff Writer

A strong finish in 2011 and a solid start in preseason games led to a 6-0 victory for the DVC women’s soccer team against the Napa Valley College Storm in Friday’s home opener.

After only 13 minutes of play, the floodgates opened when Bizzy Driscoll (sophomore captain) connected with a Kayla Turkovich free kick from 40 yards out.  Within four minutes, Driscoll struck again to double the lead, assisted by Lindsey Parscal.  A play that developed with possession in the midfield led to a well-placed cross from Mariah Rodriguez that was put away by Katarina Gentry.

By half time, the Vikings were clearly in command of the game with a 3-0 lead.  “Looking good so far…in general, you can’t be upset with a clean three goal lead at half,” said Ralph Saunders, fan/soccer dad from San Ramon.

The second half ended with three more goals from Katarina Gentry, Karla Hernandez and Cindy Lopez.

One of the many game stand-outs, Pamela Ramos, played her midfield position in a true winger fashion by assisting the defense in key plays and transitioning to an offensive position to make two assists and build productive plays that led to additional goals.  “We played a really competitive, fun game. It was a great start,” quipped Pamela on their win.  Pamela is a first year player, and a true asset to the team.

Head Coach Cailin Mullins was really happy with Friday’s win.  “It was a tough start, but we handled the first five to ten hard minutes and it opened up from there. Our training paid off, and we were able to use our strength and retain our shape through the finish.”

Assistant Coach Sam Liubicich agreed, “The girls played awesome. We came out, had fun, and played our style which led to the results we wanted to see.  If we keep it up, we will have a bright season.”

To see if the season stays bright and to cheer on our Vikings, come to their next home game Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. for a game under the lights in the stadium.  You can also keep up with the team by “liking” their Facebook page and following the team schedule on the Athletics page of the DVC website.