Galvan Shines in Victory Against Reedley

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Galvan Shines in Victory Against Reedley

The Rams celebrate a goal during their 4-2 win over conference rival Reedley College during their match on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

The Rams celebrate a goal during their 4-2 win over conference rival Reedley College during their match on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

Photo by: Patrick Henslee

The Rams celebrate a goal during their 4-2 win over conference rival Reedley College during their match on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

Photo by: Patrick Henslee

Photo by: Patrick Henslee

The Rams celebrate a goal during their 4-2 win over conference rival Reedley College during their match on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

Story By: Patrick Henslee, Reporter

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The Fresno City College women’s soccer team left their home pitch Tuesday evening with a 4-2 win over the Reedley College Tigers. The win advanced the Rams’ record to 17-0-2 this season and 6-0-1 in conference games.

The match presented an excellent performance from freshman forward Megan Galvan and a standout effort from Reedley, who had been collecting gritty wins across their 8-5-2 season heading into Tuesday.

“We try to focus more on what we need to do than worry about other teams,” said head coach Oliver Germond. “I feel like when we start worrying about what other teams are doing you lose focus on what your job is.”

The Rams’ job Tuesday was to work through the Tigers’ scrappy defense, a large contributor to their surprise performances against opponents.

FCC did exactly that just before the half, when Galvan assisted a goal from sophomore forward Mia Ontiveros.

During halftime, Germond acknowledged the bad in the Rams’ performance so far, like their their difficulty guarding some of the Tigers’ key players, especially freshman forward Sabrina Cabrera.

“Obviously, she’s really good, so I was a little disappointed at halftime when we reminded the girls to do a better job double teaming her,” said Germond.

Their efforts failed when Cabrera leaked out ahead of the FCC defense to rifle in Reedley’s first goal at 55:00.

At 61:00, the Rams responded with their second goal, this time scored by sophomore midfielder Brianna Figueroa and assisted by sophomore midfielder Anai Rosas.

Reedley knotted the score again when Cabrera assisted a goal by Destiny Gonzalez just two minutes later. This would make it the first time FCC’s women’s soccer team had given up two goals since a match against Cerritos College on Sept. 20, 2017.

“This is an eye-opener, because I feel like you can see how we play when we give up a goal,” said Germond. “It’s like all of a sudden the speed of play picks up and we play with so much more passion and competitive drive.”

Galvan headlined the Rams’ quick response to the Tigers’ push. She elevated FCC over Reedley with a goal at 70:00, while freshman midfielder Brooke Wristen was awarded the assist on the play.

With seven minutes left in the match, Galvan put the nail in Reedley’s coffin with a cross-field goal from the right side. Freshman midfielder Sierra Alvarez got an assist on the goal, putting the Rams up 4-2 for good.

Germond had an emotional investment in one of his strongest player’s strongest performances. “I’m really proud of her because I feel like her confidence was a little bit down the last couple games and she snapped out of it today,” he said.

“I can’t get frustrated; I just have to keep playing my game. It doesn’t matter who scores. If we win and get out on top, that’s all that matters,” said Galvan.

When asked about the team’s performance against Reedley, Galvan praised her teammates’ love for the competitive nature of the game they play.

“It shows that we do have a passion for the game, and we can go far if we play like this every game,” she said.

The Rams will be motivated by their competitive drive and passion for the game when they return home on Tuesday, Nov. 12 to take on Clovis Community College at 3 p.m.

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