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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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Recharged and revitalized

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The middle of October is probably the dog days of the fall season, when physical and emotional fatigue begins to be a team's toughest opponent.

Which is why is was so important this past week when two local teams, the Ventura College women's volleyball team and Oxnard men's soccer team, saw their seasons revitalized by the type of comebacks they will never forget.

The Pirates found themselves in San Luis Obispo Tuesday trailing host Cuesta 14-6 in the decisive fifth set. Their coach, Mandy Rodriguez, had just been ejected from the match.

Yet somehow, with Anne Westbrook serving, Ventura ripped off 10 straight points to snatch the shocking road victory.

"It doesn't happen now, it doesn't happen at the college level for sure, and it doesn't happen against a solid team like Cuesta," said Rodriguez, who said the experience stands out as one of her "Top 4 or 5" in volleyball, as a player and a coach.

The host Condors found themselves down two goals and one man against first-place Hancock and its perfect 5-0 Western State Conference record Friday.

Goals by Dago Gonzalez and Mathayo Huma pulled Oxnard even, before former Pacific View League rivals Jesus Landeros and Javier Marquez teamed up for the winning goal with seven minutes to play.

"It was champion-caliber will and effort," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney. "We worked harder than I've seen any team work."

Ventura had only won three of its first 11 matches, but Rodriguez saw a noticeable improvement in practice this week.

"It definitely pulled them together and showed them what they're capable of," said Rodriguez.

The highlight of the current five-game win streak has brought the Condors together, which was apparent by the way the entire team piled on itself after Landeros' winner.

"They were saying they were more tired from the celebration than by playing with 10 men for an hour," said Greaney. "It was a boost to the spirit of the team."

Oxnard (7-3-4, 5-1) only trails first-place Santa Barbara City (11-1-1, 6-0-1) with a trip to La Playa Stadium looming Tuesday.

"We've always had good effort and pretty good discipline," said Greaney. "But for a team searching for an identity, that was a pretty big boost, to be able to pull off that type of impossible comeback."

Landeros lifts OC men's soccer

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Jesus Landeros stretched to deflect in Javier Marquez's cross with seven minutes to play as the Oxnard College men's soccer team came from two goals and one player down to shock visiting Hancock, 3-2, Friday afternoon.

Dago Gonzalez and Mathayo Huma also scored second half goals as the Condors turned around a 2-0 halftime deficit despite being down to 10 players."

"We outworked them," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney. "We worked harder than I've seen any team work."

The Condors piled up on the field after Landeros' winner.

"They were saying they were more tired from the celebration than by playing with 10 men for an hour," said Greaney.

No revenge necessary for Condors

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team will face cross-county rivals Moorpark today at 4 p.m. It is the first Ventura County derby since the Raiders knocked the Condors out of the playoffs last year with a 1-0 win in the regional quarterfinals.

"It should be a good game," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney. "Moorpark always plays tough defense against Oxnard. And I think we're ready. I think we're coming together as a team, finally."

Greaney said this afternoon isn't an opportunity to avenge last year's playoff loss.

"It's a completely different group of guys, except for a couple," said Greaney. "This is more about staying in the conference race for this year."

Scheduling tough

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The two local men's soccer teams aren't afraid to open the season in a meatgrinder.
Moorpark will open its season with nine straight road games, hosting its first game Oct. 8 against cross-county rivals Oxnard.

Meanwhile, the Condors (1-0-1) were disappointed Tuesday to only draw 1-1 at powerhouse Santa Ana.

"I think we felt like we threw two points away," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney.

Since losing to Santa Ana 6-0 in 2005, Oxnard is unbeaten in its non-conference series with the Dons, state semifinals in two of the last three seasons and state champions in 2004 and 2005, going 2-0-3.

The Condors now visit Santiago Canyon today and face Cerritos, Cypress, Rio Hondo and Chaffey in the coming fortnight.

"Seven straight tough games," said Greaney.

They are bolstered by the return of midfield Sam Nellis, defender Richie Vargas and fullback Gerardo Guzman, as well as winger Mathayo Huna and midfielder Jesus Lopez, who played on the 2008 team.

OC men's soccer faced SoCal's Final 5

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team played quite a schedule this fall.

It turns out that the Condors faced the final five teams left in the Southern California regional playoffs.

"They beat us up a little, but it was a great eye opener on how college teams should function," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney.

Oxnard opened its season with losses to No. 3 Cerritos and No. 2 Mount San Antonio, who played each other a year ago in the state final. Saturday, they play for a state Final Four berth.

Oxnard drew with No. 1 Rio Hondo 4-4 on Sept. 8 -- meaning the Condors opened their season against what would become the Top 3 seeds in the Southern California regional playoffs -- and beat No. 4 Santa Ana 5-1 on Sept. 22.

The regional semifinal between Rio Hondo and No. 8 Canyons, which swept Oxnard in WSC play, was postponed until Wednesday, when COC beat the top seed 4-2 to earn a regional final trip to Santa Ana.

Greaney on OC men's soccer loss to Moorpark

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Oxnard College men's soccer head coach Ross Greaney on the Condors 1-0 Southern California regional quarterfinal loss to visiting rival Moorpark Saturday afternoon:

"They (Moorpark) played great defensively. We found it tough to break them down."

(on the decisive own goal)

"It was a stumble. Kind of a bit of a mess, and they were able to make it stand up."

(Thanks to correspondent Ivan Yeo for the reporting)

Arrevalo's late goal gives Oxnard 1-1 draw

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Freshman midfielder Jose Arrevalo scored with two minutes to play as the Oxnard College men's soccer team forced a 1-1 tie at county-rival Moorpark Tuesday afternoon.

Midfielder Joel Chaves won the ball in the 88th minute and found Arrevalo, who beat a pair of Raiders as he cut inside and finished his first goal of the season. Moorpark had taken the lead in the 80th minute on a full-field move.

"It was great that they battled at 1 o'clock in the heat," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney of his team, which has been inundated with flu-like symptoms this week. "I was subsituting like a hockey coach."

With a win, Oxnard (9-5-4, 5-3-3) or Moorpark (8-6-2, 6-4-1) could have moved within striking distance of first-place Santa Barbara City in the Western State Conference. Instead, the Ventura County derby finished in a draw for the eighth time in 12 meetings.

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