New Coach hopes to build solid womens soccer program

Coach Saucedo (center) gives instructions to his team during drills. This is Saucedo's first year as coach of the women's soccer team. RAMSEY EL-QARE / THE GUARDSMAN
Coach Saucedo (center) gives instructions to his team during drills. This is Saucedo's first year as coach of the women's soccer team. RAMSEY EL-QARE / THE GUARDSMAN

By Aaron Turner
STAFF WRITER

In only it’s sixth season at City College, the Rams women’s soccer team knows that to build a successful program requires a combination of player talent as well as coaching ability.

In his first season as Rams head coach, Gabriel Saucedo is hoping to build just that.

Lack of chemistry and team cohesion was cited as one of the major issues facing last year’s team.  Sophomore Malorie Swanson, whom Saucedo has described as a “natural born leader,”  will be expected to contribute her play and leadership abilities.

“Malorie has shown she is able to organize well on the field, and she is a very intelligent soccer player,” Saucedo said. “Players like her are always valuable to a team, in terms of their chances to succeed.”

Swanson, who was a redshirt last season, cited lack of chemistry during the previous season and an apparent newfound team cohesion this year as a major contrast.

“Last year the team simply defeated themselves,“ Swanson said.  “Our confidence was low, our morale was low, and  we just didn’t feel like we were even able to compete.”

Coach Saucedo described his philosophy for the team, his players and his approach to coaching the game.

“My goal is to try and turn this team into a team that can be competitive every game,” Saucedo said.  “While I approach coaching the same way I would approach a classroom, I am also a very competitive person. Even though I want to teach the game of soccer, I also want this team to be successful.”

The Rams kick off their 2009 season when their  regular season opener takes place at Shasta college on Friday, August 28.

Saucedo is looking for more players who wants to try out. For more information about the women’s soccer program call (415)  845-8604 or (415) 239-3208.

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