Vikings Making History By Matt Schwab
Nov 27, 2016 11:03AM
● By Elena Hutslar
The Diablo Valley College womens soccer team earned its first-ever conference championship November 8. The Vikings (14-1-6, 9-1-6), were guaranteed at least one home playoff game and proceeded to nail down the Big 8 crown with a 3-0 win over American River on November 8, and Santa Rosa could not answer as it played ARC to a stunning 0-0 draw on November 11. Surging Folsom Lake (10-3-3) closed with a five-game winning streak in the Big 8.
It has been a coming-of-age season for coach Cailin Mullins’ squad. DVC finished fourth in the Big 8 in 2015 with five conference wins. They were sixth in 2014 with four conference wins, fifth in 2013, and fifth in 2012. Why the big jump this time? Good players. Plus, the Vikings push themselves and play for each other. Noelle Lemos, a former Benicia High star who redshirted at UC Davis, leads the Vikings in scoring with 13 goals and in points with 27. Vanessa Ruvalcaba and Karla Ramos are tied for No. 2 on the team with eight goals apiece, but Ruvalcaba has 21 points and Ramos has 20.
DVC’s Iron Women, those that have started all 21 games, are goalkeeper Katie McLaughlin, Ruvalcaba, Chloe Lindemann, Jessica Jaime and Megan Melara. Defender Deiziana Dargan started 20 games.
Against ARC, Lemos scored in the first and 10th minutes off assists from sophomore and College Park graduate Ale Gonzalez, and Ruvalcaba, with a bent for the spectacular goal, rounded out the scoring in the 41st minute. Goalie Katie McLaughlin, a DVC sophomore and College Park graduate, allowed just 10 goals and logged 77 saves this season.