The Saddleback women's soccer team kicked off the 2018 season with a 4-0 win at Mt. San Jacinto College on Tuesday in Menifee. It was the biggest win on opening day since 2013.
Saddleback had a power outage in 2017 and wanted to make a statement that the power had been restored to start the 2018 campaign. The Gauchos scored four goals on opening day, something they did only one time in 2017.
Saddleback took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when Kenya Salgado took a pass on a counter attack from Caitlin Dolan and chipped it over the Mt. San Jacinto keeper for a 1-0 lead. The Gauchos opened the second half with a goal in the first five minutes when Samantha Belmonte fed Rebecca Zachary for a goal in the 50th minute. Five minutes later the Gauchos opened up a commanding lead when Dolan earned her second assist of the game by feeding a cross to Chelsea Viera, who put it in the upper-right corner. Saddleback added injury to insult in the 85th minute when Melissa Benitez sent a cross to Mia Geaney, who promptly put it in the back of the net for a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, the Saddleback defense was solid. The Gauchos allowed just five shots on keeper Jolie Moore, who earned her first collegiate win.
The 4-0 win by Saddleback was the biggest win on opening day since the Gauchos beat El Camino-Compton College, 6-1, in 2013.
Saddleback will play again on Friday when they travel to Palomar College to take on the Comets. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 PM.