STOCKTON – Delta women’s coach Adrienne Sorenson decided before the Mustangs’ Big 8 Conference opener with Sierra that what her players didn’t know wouldn’t hurt them.
It wasn’t until after the game that Sorenson revealed the fact that despite several ties with Sierra for nearly a decade, the Mustangs had not beaten the Wolverines since 2008.
That drought ended quickly Tuesday evening as Delta sophomore Kiera Muniz scored in the opening minute of the game and assisted on another goal to start the second half to help hand the Mustangs a 3-0 wire-to-wire victory against Sierra at Pacific's Gardemeyer Field.
“I felt like our team was ready to go,” said Sorenson, whose team earned its fourth shutout of the season to remain undefeated. “The players have a goal to do well in conference (play) and we needed to start strong with Sierra. It was a big win for us."
Delta (5-0, 1-0 Big 8) forced a turnover right after the Wolverines’ (3-2-1, 0-1) opening kickoff and freshman Olivia Ritter quickly angled a laser pass through Sierra’s back line into the corner where sophomore Daesha Brown centered the ball back to Muniz, who settled the ball, turned and fired past Sierra keeper Jamie Goodwin.
“Our coach has always told us to come out strong and show (the other team) that we’re here to play,” said Muniz, who tallied her fourth goal this season. “That play developed by us just wanting that goal to show we were ready to play."
"We have a great (defensive) back line to where we don’t need to worry about that and we can focus on scoring so that’s what we do.”
Muniz beat a defender at the start of the second half and quickly raced into the Sierra box where she found freshman Erica Dias, who was wide open and scored her first goal of the season to give her team a 2-0 lead.
Delta sophomore Ashlyn Soto took her first corner kick of the game, Delta’s ninth overall, and curled a beautiful ball directly to freshman Devan Burnam, who headed the ball under Goodwin for the final goal of the game.
Delta has outscored its opponents 22-3 with multiple attacking options, while sophomore goalie Amanda Valentine has had the best seat in the house directing the defense.
“It means everything (to get the shutout) because this team is good enough to get the shutout, so I want to be able to help make that happen,” said Valentine, who had just three saves. “There’s almost more pressure (on me) because I’m trying to get the shutout, but it turned out fine. My back line is very strong and I know that if I come out (of goal), they’ve always got my back.”