Vaqueros rout Cuesta 9-0 for 17th straight win and undefeated regular season
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - SBCC scored four goals in the first 17 minutes on Friday and the second-ranked Vaqueros went on to rout Cuesta 9-0 in the last WSC North women's soccer match of the year.
Isabella Viana scored four times and Katherine Sheehy had a hat trick and an assist. Viana scored two goals in each half as the Vaqueros won their 17th straight game to complete an undefeated regular season (17-0-1) for the first time in school history.
They went 8-0 and won their first WSC North title in three years. The 2014 team was also unbeaten in conference play (9-0-3).
The Vaquero men's soccer team also went unbeaten (15-0-4), making the SBCC men's and women's soccer squads the first ones in California history to win conference championships in the same year and both finish with undefeated records.
Santa Barbara has shut out its last 10 opponents and outscored them 46-0. In the last five games, the differential is 33-0. The Vaqueros shut out 15 of their 18 opponents and outscored them 66-3 on the season.
Chloe Montano had a goal and three assists. Viana, a freshman from Antelope Valley, took over the team lead in goals (16) and points (35). She leads the WSC North in those categories and Montano is first in assists with 10.
Sheehy scored in the 1st and 12th minutes and Viana found the net in the 7th and 17th minutes for a 4-0 halftime lead. Riley Moore made it 5-0 two minutes into the second half. The Vaqueros tacked on four more goals in the last 26 minutes.
Sheehy got her second hat trick of the season in the 75th on as assist from Montano. Both her hat tricks came against Cuesta. The Vaqueros outscored the Cougars 21-0 in two meetings.
"We've had a great year – winning the conference, being ranked No. 2 in the nation, finishing the season undefeated and only allowing three goals all year," stated coach John Sisterson. "What a great group of young women. They're positive, they get along great with each other and they're really a pleasure to coach."
Vaqueros beat Corsairs 3-2 to complete unbeaten regular season
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - SBCC downed Santa Monica 3-2 on a chilly Thursday night in La Playa Stadium to complete an undefeated regular season in men's soccer.
The WSC North champion Vaqueros, ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 4 in the nation, won their fifth in a row to finish 15-0-4 overall and 9-0-1 in conference. It's their first unbeaten regular season in 24 years and the first undefeated conference season since 1997.
No. 17 Santa Monica (13-3-5, 5-2-3) was the WSC runner-up.
SBCC struck quickly as Victor Chavez headed the ball over a defender and was pulled down by the keeper in the box. Chavez drilled his second PK into the upper middle for a 1-0 lead at 2:02.
Chavez, a sophomore forward from Garden Street Academy, has scored a goal in three of his last four games. He's seventh in the state in goals (13) and No. 15 in points (31).
The Corsairs tied the game at 25:54 when Kevin Martinez jumped on an errant SBCC pass and scored from a sharp angle on the left.
Jessie Jimenez put the Vaqueros back on top 2-1 in the 65th minute. He booted the ball from the right side, about 24 yards away, and it bounced to the left of the goalie into the back corner.
"We were just the better team," said Jimenez, a sophomore midfielder from Dos Pueblos High. "We fought harder and we had more heart. Our energy and momentum helped us out.
"I was trying to cross that ball and the keeper hesitated. There were a lot of people running in the box and I put it in the right place."
Celso Lagunas, the Vaqueros' super sub, took a short cross from Abiodun Akintioye at 72:40 and stabbed the ball with his foot, beating the keeper to the left side for a 3-1 lead. Lagunas, who entered the game in the 41st minute, has scored in two straight games and has five goals in his last eight appearances.
"That was a definite PK for us and then I thought Victor got pulled down again later in the first half," said coach John Sisterson. "Then we allowed them to tie it up and it was game on."
The Vaqueros outshot the Corsairs 9-4 in the first half and 18-10 for the game.
"I'm so happy to see our team finish the year undefeated," said Sisterson, after the first unbeaten regular season of his 11-year men's career. "They did an absolutely fantastic job. They worked hard on the field and in the classroom."
Santa Monica made it 3-2 in the 90th minute when Danny Hernandez delivered a 21-yard free kick from the right side and Cyrille Njomo booted it in.
"We're excited to finish the regular season undefeated," Jimenez concluded. "This is a solid win for us, going into the playoffs. I've never been on a team that's fought this hard. Being undefeated is not easy. The time and dedication we've been putting in has really helped us out."
The Vaqueros will open the Southern Cal Regional at home with the first game on Saturday, Nov. 18. The pairings will be announced on Tuesday.
The Vaqueros, who finished third in the state last year, will find out who they play in the first round of the So Cal Regional on Tuesday. They'll host a first-round game on Saturday, Nov. 18.
(Recaps courtesy Santa Barbara City College Athletics)