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Shifting gears

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With the regular season behind them and postseason brackets set, the two local soccer participants are spending the week readying themselves for knockout-style competition.

The No. 4 Oxnard College men's soccer team (14-2-4) is expecting an athletic, physical and organized opponent when it hosts No. 13 Orange Coast (11-5-4) in Saturday's regional quarterfinals at 2 p.m.

"They won't be easy to break down," Oxnard coach Ross Greaney said. "We'll have to be patient. We have to just manage the game well."

Until No. 10 Citrus (15-2-3) arrives at the VC Sportsplex on Saturday at 1 p.m., the No. 7 Ventura College women's soccer team (14-5-1) will bracing itself for striker Jasmine Williams, who has a school-record 17 goals and 10 assists for the Owls this fall.

"The playoffs is all about that one game," Ventura coach Steve Hoffman said. "Can we shut down their one star?"

When the fields were announced Tuesday, Oxnard avoided three-time defending state champion Mount San Antonio, who eliminated the Condors the last two seasons. Ventura's path to the Final Four, most likely, could include rematches with No. 2 Canyons, No. 3 Cerritos or No. 6 Cypress, three of the teams to beat the Pirates this season.

Oxnard men, Ventura women dominate WSC soccer

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Ventura County has dominated Western State Conference soccer this fall.

A combined 19-0-5 in conference play, the Oxnard College men and Ventura College women both clinched WSC titles in the past six days.

The Oxnard men (13-2-4, 11-0-4), ranked No. 3 in Southern California and No. 7 in the state, clinched a share of its third WSC title in six years with a 4-1 win at Hancock Tuesday night.

One year after an undefeated WSC campaign wasn't enough to edge Santa Barbara City, sophomores like goalkeeper Osvaldo Vallodolid, fullback Estanilo Arevalo and midfield Victor Magana knew that every win was precious this season.

"We have a bunch of sophomores who have learned from painful experiences in previous years," Oxnard coach Ross Greaney said. "Everybody learned from the finish to last year and knew that going undefeated wasn't enough."

"I think enough of our players knew the importance of every point, to make sure it didn't slip through our fingers again."

Put in position by its 4-1 win over Santa Barbara City, the Ventura women (13-5-1, 8-0-1) finished the job Friday with a 5-0 bruising of Cuesta.

After losing five of six matches early against some of the best teams in the nation, including No. 1 Santiago Canyon, No. 3 Canyons and No. 4 Cerritos, the Pirates, ranked No. 9 in Southern California and No. 13 in the state, rebounded with a 12-game unbeaten streak.

"When you play the type of competition we played, it's certainly pretty tough," Ventura coach Steve Hoffman said. "We didn't really hide from anybody and that's why we're playing so well."

Both are ranked No. 15 in the national coaches polls.

Oxnard's free-flowing attack has been led by striker Travis Bowen (14 goals) and attacker Max Madrigal (six goals, 10 assists).

"There is definitely a respect and a respect in the way that teams will play us, putting players behind the ball and defend just for a tie," Greaney said. "It's good preparation for playoffs."

After it wraps the regular season up Friday against visiting Oxnard, Ventura should be a much more dangerous postseason opponent later this month than its seed would hint.

"You get everybody healthy and you can go on a run," Hoffman said. "We're ready to rock and roll. I don't know whether we'll be at home or on the road, but we'll be ready."

Oxnard needs a tie against cross-county rival Moorpark Friday to clinch the title outright.

"The result on Tuesday has definitely taken the pressure off of us, knowing that we've have some reward for the season we've had," Greaney said. "But I don't think anybody wants to share the conference title. We know the job is not totally done."

This week's polls

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The first-place Ventura College football team (6-0) stayed steady this week at No. 2 in Southern California, No. 4 in the state and No. 6 in the JCFootball.com national poll.

Last week's impressive display rocketed the first-place Oxnard College men's soccer team (9-2-1) up to No. 3 in Southern California and No. 5 in the state. The Condors, who haven't conceded in its last nine hours of WSC play, held steady at No. 14 in the NSCAA national coaches' poll.

The Moorpark College women's cross country team, which finished second in Friday's WSC Preview meet, is ranked No. 3 in Southern California. Ventura is No. 12.

Double-digit rout for Condors

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team opened up a four-point lead atop the WSC standings with a 10-0 rout of visiting Glendale Tuesday afternoon.

"We've been threatening to have a blowout game for a while," Oxnard coach Ross Greaney said. "Our depth really hurt Glendale. As we subbed, we got stronger, not weaker.

"We have a lot of guys who are competing for playing time... The people who came off the bench tried even harder than the starters."

Rene Magana had a hat trick, Max Madrigal scored twice and Travis Bowen, Tommy Cruz, Roque Magana and Cory Vilchis also scored. Bowen added three assists.

"It's only one game, "Greaney said. "I hope we didn't score all our goals in one game."

Oxnard (7-2-1, 5-0-1), ranked No. 14 in the national coaches' poll, hosts Hancock Friday before completing the first half of WSC Tuesday at cross-county rival Moorpark.

Condors soar north

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team's annual trip to Santa Barbara City has been one of the biggest matches in the Western State Conference race over the past decade. The two teams have combined to win the past five WSC titles.

So Tuesday's 1-0 win at La Playa Stadium was a big result for the Condors (4-1-1), who are ranked No. 8 in Southern California, No. 14 in the state and No. 17 in the nation.

"I think the conference is going to be more evenly balanced, so every away win is big," Oxnard coach Ross Greaney said. "It's pretty big to get three points there."

Newbury Park High product Stevie Trujillo headed home a free kick Roque Magana (Santa Paula) in the first half.

Oxnard men's soccer team dealing with inexperience

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Despite being ranked No. 8 in this week's NSCAA national coaches' poll, the Oxnard College men's soccer team is nowhere near the finished product.

The Condors have already blown two-goal leads in two of their first four matches, which coach Ross Greaney labeled "growing pains."

Oxnard recovered to beat East Los Angeles 4-3 on Sept. 4, but wasn't able to respond to a last-minute equalizer by Santa Monica's Alessandro Canale in Tuesday's Western State Conference opener.

"We're young and naïve," Greaney said.

Oxnard's attack is founded upon striker Travis Bowen, who scored seven goals for the Ventura County Fusion over the summer; winger Max Madrigal, who scored five goals for the Condors as a freshman in 2009; and attacker Cory Vilchis, a freshman from Newbury Park High.

After starting 2-0, Oxnard (2-1-1) has been slowed by injuries. Bowen (hamstring) has missed more than a week. Left back Octavio Mejia, defender Jesse Gallardo and midfielder Victor Magana have also been missing with leg injuries.

After conceding 52 goals in 20 matches a year ago, the Moorpark College men's soccer team has seemingly tightened up at the back this fall.

Backstopped by goalkeepers Shane Dulgeroff (Westlake High) and Gerardo Velasquez, the Raiders (0-0-3) have opened the season with three consecutive scoreless draws.

And the four hours of shutout soccer has come against powerful Orange County opposition. The three opponents -- Santa Ana, Irvine Valley and Cypress -- are a combined 8-2-3 against other opposition.

Already the biggest and, arguably, most competitive Western State Conference race, men's soccer added a ninth WSC team this season when Santa Monica College picked up the sport.

The Corsairs' addition expands conference play to nearly 10 weeks, making the competition even more of a meat grinder.

Despite a pretty backheeled goal by Oxnard freshman Tommy Cruz, Santa Monica picked up its first WSC point Tuesday with Canale's late header. Moorpark hosts Santa Monica today in its WSC opener.

Greaney honored as WSC co-Coach of the Year

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Oxnard College coach Ross Greaney was honored as co-Coach of the Year when the WSC men's soccer

The first team included Oxnard sophomore defender Dagoberto Gonzalez, sophomore defender Salvador Mendoza, sophomore holding midfielder Ivan Mirkovic and sophomore attacker Jesus Landeros, as well as Moorpark sophomore midfielder Juan Herrera.

The second team included Oxnard sophomore attacker Javier Marquez, sophomore fullback David Torres and sophomore winger Sigifredo Torres; as well as Moorpark sophomore holding midfielder Edwin Rivas and Moorpark freshman midfielder Nicholas Sabbatella.

Sophomore midfielder Tomas Araujo and sophomore goalkeeper Osvaldo Vallodolid of Oxnard and freshman defender Theerawat Chanoroiet and freshman goalkeeper Jose Miguel Gomez of Moorpark were among the honorable mention.

Santa Barbara City defender Roberto Santana was voted Player of the Year.

Condors soaring to new heights

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It's been a good couple of days for Sigifredo Torres.

First, the Oxnard College sophomore was part of a Ventura County Fusion team that was able to play a friendly against CD Chivas de Guadalajara's Under-20 team.

"My dad and I root for Chivas," said the Pacifica High product. "It's a really important club in Mexico. So it was really nice playing against them."

Then, when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's final rankings were released Tuesday, the Oxnard College men's soccer team was recognized as the No. 8-ranked team in the country.

"That was big," said Torres, a winger who had seven goals and eight assists as a sophomore. "I was so excited when I found out."

Oxnard (15-2-6) won two postseason games for the first time in school history and pushed defending and eventual undefeated state champion Mount San Antonio, 2-0, in the Southern California regional finals Nov. 26.

"It's a small recognition of where the program is and the work that the players and coaching staff has put in over the past couple of years," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney. "Oxnard has come a long way. All the other schools in the Top 10 are big, known schools. For a small school like Oxnard to be recognized like that means a lot."

Oxnard athletic director Jonas Crawford wasn't afraid to ask for more.

"I'm extremely proud of the student-athletes and the staff," said Crawford. "I'm ready to hang a state (championship) banner in the near future.

"They were close this year. He's got the facilities, he's got players in the area and he has a reputation now."

OC men's soccer aims for history

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team will attempt to reach the third round of the postseason for the first time in school history today.

Riding a 17-match unbeaten streak and ranked No. 20 in the national coaches' poll, the No. 4-seeded Condors (14-1-6) will host No. 12 Long Beach City (8-7-6) in the Southern California regional semifinals today at 2 p.m.

"They're a pretty good team," said Greaney. "They pack a lot of defenders and they try to counter attack."

Which is the type of opponent Oxnard and its possessing, passing style has seen repeatedly this season.

"Because it's college soccer and 80 percent of the teams do that same thing," said Greaney.

Oxnard will be without defender Salvador Mendoza, who was sent off in Saturday 1-0 win over Hancock.

The Condors' attack is led by Rio Mesa High product Javier Marquez (11 goals, four assists), Channel Islands High product Jesus Landeros (10 goals, four assists), Pacifica High product Sigifredo Torres (seven goals, eight assists) and Hueneme High product Gustavo Navarro (two goals, 10 assists).

A potential regional final trip to defending state champion and No. 1 Mount San Antonio (18-0-3), the top-ranked team in the nation, is lurking for the winner.

LIVE -- CCCAA, NCAA postseason

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We'll have live updates from around the county and Southern California today as three teams take the field locally in the CCCAA postseason. You can follow the games along with live updates on Twitter.

SCFA Beach Bowl, sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate
No. 10 Desert 0 13 3 0 -- 16
No. 7 Ventura 0 10 7 0 -- 17
First quarter
Second quarter
COD -- Calhoun 70 pass from Fortis (kick failed), 14:16.
VC -- FG 37 Luna, 12:08.
VC -- Burton 14 pass from Smith (Luna kick), 7:24.
COD -- Calhoun 10 pass from Foris (Symons kick), 6:37.
Third quarter
COD -- FG 21 Symonds, 11:41.
VC -- Burton 3 run (Luna kick), 6:00
Fourth quarter

NCAA Division III playoffs, first round
No. 8 Cal Lutheran 3 7 10 7 -- 27
No. 5 Linfield 6 14 10 0 -- 30
(The Kingsmen are eliminated by Linfield for the third straight postseason.)

Community college men's soccer
Southern California regional quarterfinal
No. 4 Oxnard 1, No. 13 Hancock 0 FT
(Oxnard advances to host either No. 5 East L.A. or No. 12 Long Beach in the Southern California regional semifinals Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Community college women's soccer
Southern California regional quarterfinal
No. 3 Ventura 2, No. 14 East Los Angeles 1 FT
(Ventura advances to host No. 11 Cypress in the Southern California regional semifinals Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. No. 1 Cerritos, No. 2 Santa Barbara City, No. 6 Los Angeles Pierce were eliminated, leaving the Pirates the top seed left in Southern California and knocking out the other Top 2 seeds in their bracket.)

Community college cross country
California Community College championships, Woodward Park, Fresno
Moorpark College women: Finished in sixth place. Freshman Megan McNally and sophomore Andrea Barrera finished 10th and 12th, respectively, to earn All-American status.

Community college men's basketball
Irvine Valley tournament, final
Cerritos 77, Ventura 76 FINAL (2OT)
East L.A. 78, Moorpark 63 FINAL

Community college women's basketball
Glendale tournament, semifinal
Ventura 72, Chaffey 67 FINAL
Sierra tournament, semifinal
Moorpark 80, Lassen 57

Oxnard men's soccer debuts in national poll

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team finally made its debut in the national coaches' poll this week.

Oxnard (13-1-6), which has spent much of the season with a better record and rating than other California teams in the national ranking, as well as taking four points from No. 8 Santa Barbara City and scoring three goals on No. 3 Cerritos, debuts at No. 20.

The Condors finish the regular season Friday at Glendale and will discover their postseason seeding Monday.

No margin for error for OC men's soccer

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Once again, every point counts in the Western State Conference men's soccer race.

One year after leaders Santa Barbara City dropped points in the final week to allow chasing Oxnard to snatch the title with an 11-game unbeaten streak, the tables have turned.

Oxnard (12-1-4, 9-0-2), by virtue of taking four points in the teams' two matchups, is the leader, holding tight to a slim one-point lead over Santa Barbara City (12-1-4, 9-1-1) into the final fortnight of the season.

The Condors began its final four matches Tuesday with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Citrus, while Santa Barbara grabbed a second half goal to hold off Canyons, 1-0.

"The challenges are coming from different types of fields, different types of drives and different types of rests," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney. "We're doing well for the soccer part. If we can focus on playing well, then everything will be OK."

The title may hinge on Friday's difficult trip to Hancock followed by Canyons' visit on Tuesday. Oxnard will be rooting for county rivals Moorpark Friday at Santa Barbara.

OC men's soccer still unranked

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team (8-1-3) is ranked No. 3 in Southern California and No. 4 in the state, according to the coaches' association power-point system.

But the Condors still can't get any love from the national coaches' poll, which this week ranks nine California schools, including No. 11 Santa Barbara City, which trails Oxnard in the Western State Conference.

If the national coaches used the California rankings as a guide, Oxnard would be ranked No. 7 nationally.

Click the jump for the full poll.

Veteran Condors soaring

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When the score got tight and the match got physical Tuesday night in Santa Barbara, Ross Greaney had 14 reasons to believe.

"You don't go to Santa Barbara and get a win unless you have experienced guys who know what they're getting into," said the Oxnard College men's soccer coach.

Behind 14 sophomores, including seven returning starters and four starters from previous seasons, the experienced Condors opened the defense of the Western State Conference title with a clear statement of intent.

"It's definitely the most sophomores in the history of the program," said Greaney.

Goals by Urbano Centeno and Sigifredo Torres on either side of halftime pushed Oxnard to a 2-1 win over Santa Barbara City, the No. 9-ranked team in the nation, under the lights at La Playa Stadium.

"It was a clash of two styles," said Greaney. "They're a very physical team, thankfully we were able to get ahold of the ball and do something with it... It wasn't easy."

A pair of Channel Islands High products combined for the first goal. Sophomore central defender Salvador Mendoza carried the ball through midfield, moved it wide for Centeno, who cut inside to strike a curling shot inside the far post.

Former Hueneme High star Gustavo Navarro created the second goal by racing down the wing and finding Torres, a Pacifica High product, atop the penalty area to finish. Santa Barbara used a late own goal off a corner kick to pile on the pressure, but the Condors survived.

"I wasn't surprised by the way we played," said Greaney. "But I was just glad we were able to play under all that pressure."

The lineup reads like a Pacific View League All-Decade team, from attackers like Javier Marquez (Rio Mesa), Jerry Ponce (Rio Mesa), Jesus Landeros (Channel Islands) and Daniel Hernandez (Pacifica) to the central defense partnership of Mendoza and Dago Gonzalez (Hueneme).

Oxnard (5-1-2) has now won four straight matches by 2-1 margins. It has faced three nationally-ranked foes, suffering its only loss of the season 5-3 to No. 4 Cerritos.

"There's a long way to go," said Greaney.

Power-packed slate

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Oxnard College men's soccer coach Ross Greaney should also check out the NSCAA preseason rankings.

The defending Western State Conference champion Condors will welcome three members of the national preseason Top 20 to Oxnard this fall -- No. 13 Santa Ana Sept. 9, No. 14 Cerritos Sept. 13 and No. 17 Santa Barbara City Oct. 21.

Oxnard was eliminated from the Southern California regional playoffs last November by No. 3 Mount San Antonio.

Fusion facing midseason hurdles

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The end of the school year is conflicting with the middle of the Premier Development League season, which is creating some hurdles for the Ventura County Fusion men's soccer team.

The Fusion (5-0-3) may have stretched its unbeaten start to eight games with a pair of 1-1 draws over the weekend, against the Los Angeles Blues at Palisades High Thursday and the visiting Southern California Seahorses Saturday.

But, missing several of its college contingent, the Fusion not only dropped four points, it dropped out of first place in the Southwestern Division. The Fresno Fuego (6-0-2), which host the Fusion in a top-of-the-table clash Saturday night at Chukchansi Park, now hold a two-point lead in the division table.

With finals at UCLA and Cal Poly, the Fusion were without goalkeeper Brian Rowe, midfielder Andy Rose, midfielder Jacob Husted and striker Reed Williams for much of the weekend.

The situation isn't improving for the matchup of the unbeatens Saturday in Fresno, as Rowe, Rose and fullback Shawn Singh will not make the trip because of UCLA graduation.

"It's going to be a big week," said Fusion general manager Ranbir Shergill. "It's unfortunate because we're going to missing players this week again because of graduation."

The Fusion will look for a few new faces to fill in the void.

"It's a bit unfortunate," said Shergill, "but in the long term, I think it'll be good because a couple new players are getting opportunities."

Oxnard College midfielder Ivan Mirkovic made his Fusion debut in Saturday's draw, starting in midfield and playing well.

"He took Andy's spot and played very well," said Shergill. "He really got involved."

Another pair of Oxnard College products, Gabriel Gonzalez and Emigdio Ramirez, also made substitute appearances.

Reinforcements imminent

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It may not be needed at the moment, but the Fusion squad has been strengthened by the return of former Hueneme High and Oxnard College star Gabriel Gonzalez, who was on trial abroad with German club Arminia Bielefeld this month; the arrival of UC Santa Barbara defender James Kiffe, who trained with the Fusion Tuesday; and the imminent arrival of another defender, former Denmark youth international Michael Sten, formerly of Danish power Aalborg BK.

"It was a fantastic experience," said Gonzalez.

Lopez, Greaney honored with WSC men's soccer awards

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Oxnard College sophomore midfielder Jesus Lopez was named the WSC Player of the Year after the Lancaster High product scored 10 goals and assisted on a high-high eight others for the WSC champion Condors.

Head coach Ross Greaney was honored as the WSC Coach of the Year after guiding the Condors to their second title in four years.

The All-WSC first team included sophomore striker Sam Nellis, sophomore attacker Mathayo Huma, sophomore defender Richard Vargas, freshman defender Dagoberto Gonzalez and freshman goalkeeper Andrew Singer of Oxnard and freshman attacker Sebastian Rodriguez of Moorpark.

The second team included sophomore Joel Chavez, freshman Salvador Mendoza, freshman Ivan Mirkovic and freshman Sigifredo Torres of Oxnard and freshman Fabian Para and Edwin Rivas of Moorpark.

CC soccer pairings released

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Contributing to a vintage soccer season for the Western State Conference, three local teams were seeded in the Southern California regional playoffs when the pairings were released Tuesday.

All three were handed an opportunity for revenge in Saturday's regional quarterfinals.

The Ventura College women's soccer team (15-3-2), the No. 2 seed for the third straight year, will host No. 15 San Diego Mesa (13-7) Saturday at the VC Sportsplex.

Mesa eliminated Ventura in the 2008 regional semifinals by winning, 2-0, in Ventura.

No. 10 Moorpark (12-5-2), in the postseason for the 10th straight year, will visit WSC North foe Santa Barbara City (15-3-2), the No. 7 seed, Saturday.

The Vaqueros took four points from the Moorpark this season and eliminated the Raiders, 3-0, in the 2007 regional quarterfinals.

The Oxnard College men's soccer team (12-4-5), the No. 9 seed, will visit No. 8 Los Angeles Harbor (9-4-7) Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Condors were eliminated, 3-0, at Harbor in the 2008 regional quarterfinals.

Ball doesn't bounce for OC men's soccer in WSC showdown

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team had waited patiently for its rematch with Santa Barbara City.

For nearly 90 minutes, the Condors waited for the opportunity to wrestle away first place in the Western State Conference. And when the chance came, only the crossbar could stop Salvador Mendoza's sliding strike with two minutes to play.

The fickle bounce off the bar meant the top two teams in the WSC men's soccer race played to a scoreless draw Tuesday night at La Playa Stadium.

"I knew at halftime," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney, "it may take 30 or 45 minutes until it would open up and we'd get that chance to score."

It came when David Torres whipped in a far-post cross, which Mendoza scooped onto the woodwork in the 88th minute.

"Unfortunately," added Greaney, "it was not our day."

The result maintained the one-point lead first-place Santa Barbara City (12-1-2, 7-0-2) brought in and snapped the Condors' six-game WSC winning streak.

Oxnard (8-3-5, 7-1-1) had clawed back into the race by outscoring its opponents 25-7 since a 1-0 loss to Santa Barbara on Oct. 1.

Five matches remain.

"We're still in it," said Greaney. "It was a very physical game. Both teams had their chances."

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