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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.

Beach Bowl ticket details

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Anticipating a sold out Sportsplex Saturday night, Ventura College and Bakersfield presold upwards of 1,000 tickets this week for the SCFA Beach Bowl sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate.

The two schools finished 1-2 in home attendance last year. Bakersfield will be bringing a rooter bus and its band. Taking that into account, Ventura is encouraging fans to arrive early. It will open the gates at 4 p.m., an hour earlier than usual and about an hour after the expected end of the women's soccer playoff game against Citrus.

"Super Saturday," Ventura women's soccer coach Steve Hoffman said. "Football in the afternoon. Football in the evening, What more do you want?"

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."

VC's Cardona commits to Oklahoma

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A big part of the resurgence of the Ventura College women's soccer team has been the goalscoring of striker Daisy Cardona.

The Buena High product committed verbally to the University of Oklahoma Monday

"This kid scores goals," Ventura coach Steve Hoffman said of Cardona. "Goalscorers are born. You can't create them."

An honorable mention All-American as a freshman, Cardona has 18 goals and 15 assists as a sophomore, scoring in all nine WSC games.

"That's incredible," Hoffman said.

Signature win

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The Ventura College women's soccer team (7-5) remains unranked. But the Pirates knocked off Fresno, ranked No. 4 in Northern California and No. 8 in the state, 1-0 Saturday on Daisy Cardona's goal.

Cardona, an All-American selection as a freshman, leads the WSC in both goals (10) and points (27).

Ventura's five losses are to No. 1 Cerritos, No. 2 Santiago Canyon, No. 3 Cypress, No. 6 Los Angeles Pierce and No. 8 Canyons, who are a combined 41-2-4.

VC women power through tough start

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When the California Community College Athletic Association released its initial state and regional women's soccer polls earlier this week, the Ventura College women's soccer team was conspicuous by its absence.

Perhaps at any other moment in its history, Ventura, which has won more than 80 percent of its matches since first kicking a ball in 1996, would belong among the ranked elite.

But, when the poll was released Tuesday, the Pirates were mired in the longest losing streak in school history.

"It's been a reality check," sophomore midfielder Shayna Pettersen said.

Although the four-match losing streak, which ended with a 4-1 win over Santa Monica on Tuesday night, didn't necessarily incite panic.

"We were in every one of those games," coach Steve Hoffman said. "We should have probably got a draw in several of them."

The competition has been of the highest caliber. Four of VC's five losses have come against unbeaten teams ranked in the top 10 of the NSCAA national coaches poll. No. 1 Santiago Canyon, No. 3 Cerritos, No. 8 Cypress and No. 9 Canyons entered the week a combined 20-0-3.

"The kids have got to cut themselves a little bit of slack," Hoffman said. "It's not your normal schedule because of the quality of the teams we've played. It's been a good challenge and the kids have actually done quite well."

Which isn't to say there hasn't been issues. Problems at the back have meant Hoffman has yet to start the same lineup twice. Goalkeeper Katelyn White (Camarillo High) was out with a shoulder injury for most of the streak and the back four has been musical chairs.

Freshman Shayne Wells (Oxnard High) is the only settled member of the defense. Fullback Dakota Thompson (Ventura) is out with a broken hand and, recently, Hoffman has moved freshman forward Taylor C'debaca (Agoura) to fullback and sophomore midfielder Danielle Cook (Ventura) to central defender in an effort to stop the bleeding.

The rest of the team has been steady. The attacking trident of Daisy Cardona (Buena), Breanna Naranjo (Pacifica), and Yasmin Lepez (Pacifica) has combined for 11 goals and six assists. Playmaker Lupita Magana (Santa Paula) already has three goals and four assists and the rest of midfield, wingers Stephanie Hernandez (Ventura) and A.J. Tewes (Buena) and organizer Pettersen (Oxnard), has been solid.

Knowing there is no more room for error, Ventura (4-5) hosts Bakersfield tonight before opening Western State Conference play Sept. 28 against Hancock.

The Pirates have never lost more than six matches in a season.

Erskine grows up

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When Megan Erskine left San Diego State and returned home to play for Ventura College last fall, the former Buena High star wasn't quite sure about her soccer future.

But the 2011 NSCAA All-American made her decision Tuesday, when she committed to the University of Tennessee.

"Everyone is all shocked that I'm leaving California," said the former U.S. youth international, who was also recruited by Ohio State, Oklahoma, Loyola Marymount, UCLA, Oregon and Washington State.

This time last year, Erskine, who finished second in the state with 14 assists last season, wasn't sure she wanted to continue playing or transfer outside of the state.

"I'm just in a different place now, I want to do it all on my own," Erskine said. "I was 16 when I started my recruiting process. I'm a little more mature now.

"Now I want to be with a team that makes me feel home rather than being close to home. That's what Tennessee offers."

On her official visit to Knoxville, Erskine watched the Volunteers play twice and also took in the Tennessee-Florida football game from the sidelines at Neyland Stadium.

Hoffman optimistic

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The Ventura College women's soccer team welcomed the No. 2-ranked team in the nation to the VC Sportplex on Wednesday night in style.

Lupita Magana completed a full-field, six-pass move by setting up Yasmin Lepez as the Pirates took the lead against Santiago Canyon in the 26th minute.

"It was an unbelievable goal," Ventura coach Steve Hoffman said. "We shredded them."

Ventura, ranked No. 8 in this week's national coaches poll, still led with 18 minutes to play before a pair of defensive mistakes allowed Santiago Canyon to prevail, 2-1.

Disappointed by the result, Hoffman was left optimistic by his team's play.

"We've really never competed with Santiago Canyon before," said Hoffman, whose team fell 5-0 on the road to the eventual state finalist last season. "Usually, it's one of those games where you say 'They're better than us.' This year, either we're better or we played really well.

"We beat ourselves with two bad mistakes, but when you look at the big picture, this team passes the ball really well. They've been really moving the ball."

Hoffman has been especially impressed by the play of Magana, the freshman from Santa Paula High, who has two goals and two assists in her first four matches.

"She's special," Hoffman said.

Ventura hands out end-of-year awards

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Ventura College honored its student-athletes, coaches and staff with its end-of-year awards at its Hall of Fame banquet Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.

Sophomore Destinee LaFountain was voted Female Athlete of the Year. The first Pirate to average a double-double for her career since 1993, the 6-foot-1 forward from Royal High was the foundation of the 32-2 state semifinalist women's basketball team, earning Western State Conference and state Player of the Year awards, as well as honorable mention All-American honors.

Sophomore Eric Donahoo was voted Male Athlete of the Year. The multi-port star was an All-SoCal selection in water polo as a freshman and, over two seasons with the men's swimming team, was a two-event state champion and a 10-event All-American.

Thomas Maires was voted Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Ventura High product, who earned a 3.73 GPA, won the WSC championship in the mile freestyle and was a three-time All-American.

Carlotta Kloppenburg was voted Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. The All-WSC women's basketball guard, who earned a 3.73 GPA, made 77 3-pointers as a sophomore for the state semifinalist Pirates.

Nelson Emery, who coached the men's and women's tennis teams to WSC titles, was voted Head Coach of the Year. The undefeated women won The Ojai tournament and are competing for team, singles and doubles state championship.

Tom Lawrence, who coaches special teams for the football team and throws for the track and field team, was voted Assistant Coach of the Year. His athletes won five of the eight throwing events at the WSC Championships last month.

Duane Yeto and Steve Monka, longtime assistant coaches for women's volleyball and women's soccer, respectively, were honored with Meritorious Service Awards. Eligibility specialist Lori Kramer was voted Classified State Member of the Year.

VC's Erskine, Cardona named to All-American soccer team

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For the first time in school history, the Ventura College women's soccer team has had two players named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-American team.

Sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine, named to the 11-player first team, became the fifth woman in school history to be honored as a first-team All-American. Freshman Daisy Cardona, named to the 11-player second team, is the program's 11th All-America selection in 16 seasons.

"They both are totally deserving," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "It's very exciting."

Erskine, a Buena High product, finished second in the state with 14 assists, including three in a win at rival Moorpark, and scored five goals.

Cardona, also a Buena High product, had 20 goals and 14 assists. She was fifth in the state in points and sixth in goalscoring.

"That's pretty impressive, to have two kids in those groups," said Hoffman. "Usually, you risk splitting the vote. The only other time I've ever put two people up, we didn't get one."
With a 3.39 team GPA, Ventura was also earned the NSCAA's Team Academic Award, alongside the likes of Stanford, Yale and Harvard.

Nine locals on All-WSC North women's soccer team

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Nine local products were included in the first team when the All-WSC North team was unveiled earlier this month.

The Ventura quintet of sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine, sophomore defender Evelyn Medina, freshman striker Daisy Cardona, freshman attacker Stephanie Hernandez and freshman attacker Yasmin Lepez were joined by the Moorpark trio of sophomore striker Marilyn Alvarez, sophomore forward Lynnae Davis and sophomore defender Samantha Gavirati; as well as Oxnard sophomore defender Jessica Martinez were first-team selections.

The second team included Ventura sophomore goalkeeper Raelene Moreno, freshman attacker Breanna Naranjo, freshman midfielder Shayna Petterson, sophomore midfielder Hannah Richie; Moorpark sophomore defender Mariiana Linares; Oxnard sophomore midfielder Alma Izquierdo and freshman striker Brittany Dubin.

Sophomore defender Kylee Haughton and freshman defender Rachel Jonas of Ventura; freshman midfielder Ryann Appell and freshman midfielder Taylor Hennings of Moorpark; and freshman goalkeeper Maria Lazano and freshman forward Megan Williams of Oxnard were among the honorable mention.

Pirates honored again

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The Ventura College women's soccer team was one spot away from finishing Top 10 in the nation for the third straight year.

The Pirates (18-4) followed up No. 7 and No. 9 finishes of 2009 and 2010 with a No. 11 ranking when the final NSCAA national coaches' poll was released this week.

"We would have liked to have been in the Top 10 for the third straight year, but 11th is pretty good when you look at the number of schools there are out there," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "It's great for the kids."

Hoffman was even more pleased that the 2010 team, with a 3.39 GPA, was honored by the NSCAA as the first Academic All-American team in program history.

Sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine and freshman forward Daisy Cardona, both Buena High products, have been nominated for the All-American team.

Pacifica High product Yadira Toraya, a VC forward from 2009-10, was named NSCAA second-team All-American for her play this fall at Kansas Wesleyan.

Now top seed, VC prepares for powerhouse

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The No. 3-seeded Ventura College women's soccer team (18-3) is now the highest seed remaining in the Southern California regional playoffs after a wild Saturday that saw three top seeds eliminated.

"When I first heard that I was shocked," said midfielder Megan Erskine. "It puts more pressure on us, but that's a good thing."

VC will host No. 11 Cypress (13-4-4), a three-time state champion, for a berth in the regional finals tonight at 5:30 p.m.

The Pirates, ranked No. 13 nationally, edged No. 14 East Los Angeles 2-1 Saturday and topped Cypress 1-0 Sept. 3 on Merissa Campos' long-range strike.

"Our last game was not our best game," said Erskine. "I'm sure it was because people were nervous. But there's no reason to be nervous. We've played this team before."

All four of Cypress' wins over VC have come in the postseason.

"It's been one of those stories," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "They're very physical. It's probably the toughest second-round match we've ever had."

The match will be webcast at http://www.HomefieldSports.com.

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

VC women's soccer ranked No. 13 nationally

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The Ventura College women's soccer team slipped four spots in the national coaches' poll to No. 13 following last week's 2-1 loss at No. 11 Santa Barbara City.

Ventura (16-3, 10-1) and Santa Barbara City (15-2, 10-1) are tied atop the WSC North standings.

Click the link for the full poll.

VC soccer up to No. 11

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The Ventura College women's soccer team has climbed two spots this week to No. 12 in the national coaches' poll.

The first-place Pirates (14-2) have won nine straight games by a combined score 51-5.

VC women up to No. 13 nationally

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The Ventura College women's soccer team (10-2) rose two spots to No. 13 in this week's national coaches poll.

The two schools to beat the Pirates, Santiago Canyon and Pierce, are No. 3 and No. 19. WSC North rival Santa Barbara City is No. 15. A California school, 12-0 Cerritos, tops the poll.

Click the jump for the full poll.

VC soccer back into national poll

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The Ventura College women's soccer team have broken back into the national coaches' poll after taking control of the WSC North with Friday's 1-0 win over No. 5 Santa Barbara City.

Ventura (9-2) reemerges at No. 15 this week. The Pirates previously rose to No. 3 in the poll after starting the season at No. 5, but were knocked out after back-to-back losses to No. 3 Santiago Canyon and No. 7 Los Angels Pierce.

Despite the loss, SBCC (8-1) stuck at No. 5.

Click the link for the full poll.

VC women's soccer takes SBCC showdown

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The Ventura College women's soccer team grabbed the advantage in the Western State Conference race with yet another key win over Santa Barbara City Thursday night.

Daisy Cardona's 13th-minute goal and a tremendous team defensive effort enabled Ventura to knock off previously unbeaten and national No. 5 Santa Barbara City, 1-0, at the VC Sportsplex.

"The kids did well," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "The players are stepping up to the plate right now."

Ventura took the lead in the 13th minute, when freshman striker Stephanie Hernandez flicked on a corner kick to set up fellow freshman Cardona.

The match was a meeting of two of the top teams in the country. Ventura (8-2) opened the season ranked No. 5 in the national coaches poll. Santa Barbara City (8-1) sat in that position this week.

High-scoring Santa Barbara had been averaging nearly four goals per game behind Jessica Domenchelli (nine goals, 24 points) and Katie Voss (seven goals, six assists) and hadn't scored less than two goals in each of its first eight matches.

But the Vaqueros have now lost nine straight to Ventura dating back to 2007, including seven straight shutout losses.

"We shut out their big guns," said Hoffman. "They hadn't been shut out all year, so we did well.

Santa Barbara has finished one place behind the Pirates in the WSC North for five years running.

"They're a good side," said Hoffman. "The pressure is now on them a little bit."

In opening 3-0 in WSC North play, Ventura has outscored its first three opponents 17-2. Santa Barbara City fell to 3-1.

VC soccer drops out of national poll

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The Ventura College women's soccer team, which rose to a program's record No. 3 in the NSCAA national coaches' poll earlier this month, has dropped out of the poll entirely after back-to-back losses to No. 5 Santiago Canyon and No. 11 Los Angeles Pierce.

Ventura (4-2) responded by beating Santa Monica, 2-1, Tuesday. Striker Daisy Cardona, a freshman from Buena High, had a goal and an assist.

Click the jump to see the full poll.

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