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Women's soccer team figures to be rewarded for all of its hard work with a few more goals this season.

Coach Markus Bathelt, a native of Germany with vast coaching experience in the Bay Area and Hawaii, says the team has strengths in experience, creativity, talent, alertness, and ability to provide an increase in scoring. 
"With the current players available, we can create and stay more control of the game through the definite increase in quality in the midfield and attack," Bathelt stated. 
The Gladiators, who will host Feather River at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6, opened the season with back-to-back defeats against Mendocino (4-2) and Modesto (4-0).  Olga Montano and Breanna Aranda scored against Mendocino and Erica Alarcon and captain Gabriella Nunez had assists. 
Opposing defenses will need to stay alert against the Gladiators. 
 "Unlike last season when a lot of times we didn't get rewarded for our hard work because we missed one or two designated strikers, this season we have several key players who have the ability and assertiveness to (score)," Bathelt stated. "This advantage provides us with an opportunity to switch around players and give more recovery time to key individuals in our busy schedule, and additionally will make us a bit more unpredictable." 
Nunez and fellow captain Lilian Lopez are looking to transfer next year the four-year schools. 
Freshmen to look for are Divina Aseron, Erica Alarcon, Borami Schwartz, Sydney Hollingsworth, and Aranda, who all made positive impacts in preseason training. 
-- Matt Schwab

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