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The Ventura County Fusion men's soccer team made sure its longest road trip of the season was a prosperous one.
Artur Aghasyan had a goal and an assist as the visiting Fusion topped the Ogden Outlaws Saturday, 3-1, at Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah.
Missing as many as six squad members, the Fusion (2-1-2) picked up four of a maximum six points on its weekend trip to Utah. It shared the spoils, 2-2, at the BYU Cougars Thursday in Provo.
"Excellent four points on the road," said Fusion general manager Ranbir Shergill. "Good performances."
After starting the season on the bench, Aghasyan has thrust himself into the lineup by scoring three goals and two assists in the past three games.
The young Armenian striker took a Manny Guzman pass and opened the scoring in the 35th minute and set up strike partner Anthony Hamilton for the goal that gave the Fusion a 2-0 lead after 54 minutes.
Six minutes later, Fusion winger Brian Byrne was shown the red card and Ogden pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute.
But a recent acquisition, San Diego State, Matt McManus added an insurance goal assisted by Adam Smarte five minutes later.
The result moved the Fusion into third place in the Southwestern Division after five matches, seven points behind the 5-0 Hollywood Hitmen.
The BYU Cougars have tied up the Premier Development League game, 2-2, with four minutes to play tonight in Provo, Utah.
The score is final.
Anton Peterlin sets up Artur Aghasyan for the equalizer in the 27th minute and Johnny Alcaraz sets up Anthony Hamilton in the 68th minute as the Ventura County Fusion men's soccer team has taken a 2-1 lead against the BYU Cougars tonight in Provo, Utah.
Steven Fellows puts the host BYU Cougars ahead 1-0 Thursday night over the Ventura County Fusion men's soccer team after 12 minutes at South Stadium in Provo, Utah.
Alton Anderson shot a 4-under 140 Monday to lead the Ventura College men's golf team to third place in the California Community College championships at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville.
Participating in the state meet as a team for the first time in 20 years, Ventura finished with its highest finish in school history.
"It's the best team in Ventura College history," said assistant coach Chad Ishikawa.
The Thousand Oaks High graduate finished in a four-way tie for the tournament title, sharing the spoils with Tom Richardson of Fresno, Kendall Jenkins of Riverside and Scott Sexton of Cypress. He finished fourth in the tiebreaking card-off.
Zack Kanney and Russell Boring both followed with 1-under 143s to give Ventura three finishers under par.
Ryan Turner and Rob Tovias both scored 153s.
Anderson continued a fantastic postseason. He shot an even-par 144 at the 36-hole Southern Southern regional tournament at Marshallia Ranch G.C. in Vandenberg Air Force Base last week.
Anderson's first-round 68 was tied for the low number in the morning. The Pirates were tied for sixth, at 372, after the first round.
Ventura rebounded with a 357 in the second round.
(1) Palomar vs. (17) Citrus
Palomar 10, Citrus 2
Palomar 5, Citrus 2 (Palomar advances)
(2) Orange Coast vs. (15) Ventura
Orange Coast 15, Ventura 1
Orange Coast 1, Ventura 0 (10) (OCC Advances)
(3) Cuesta vs. (14) Mt. San Antonio
Cuesta 4, Mt. San Antonio 3
Mt. San Antonio 5, Cuesta 1
Mt. San Antonio 11, Cuesta 6 (Mount SAC advances)
(4) Cypress vs. (13) Allan Hancock
Cypress 10, Allan Hancock 3
Cypress 11, Allan Hancock 3 (Cypress advances)
(5) Santa Ana vs. (12) Southwestern
Santa Ana 6, Southwestern 5
Santa Ana 12, Southwestern 2 (Santa Ana advances)
(6) Long Beach vs. (11) Grossmont
Long Beach 6, Grossmont 4
Long Beach 10, Grossmont 8 (10) (Long Beach advances)
(7) Mt. San Jacinto vs. (10) Cerritos
Mt. San Jacinto 13, Cerritos 7
Cerritos 8, Mt. San Jacinto 7
Mt. San Jacinto 12, Cerritos 11 (Mount Sac Jac advances)
(8) College of the Canyons vs. (9) Saddleback
Saddleback 12, College of the Canyons 10
College of the Canyons 8, Saddleback 6
Saddleback 6, College of the Canyons 4
Ventura College's Randi Hicks won the Southern California women's javelin title Saturday afternoon at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut.
The sophomore from Rio Mesa High threw a personal best 152 feet, five inches, nearly 30 feet further than the competition's runner-up.
"I might have a 160 in me," said Hicks. "Maybe at the state meet."
Hicks will bring the nation's top mark into the California Community College championships Saturday at College of San Mateo.
Ventura's Holly Russell was ninth at 113-0.
Ashley Litchfield used her head to complete a historic Ventura College women's tennis season.
The sophomore from Acton rebounded from slow starts in both sets to become the first player in school history to win the California Community College women's singles championship Saturday afternoon at Natomas Racquet Club in Sacramento.
Litchfield swept Cerritos' Samantha Nadres 7-6(6-1), 6-1 in the state final to couple her state singles championship with the Ojai singles title she won last month. No VC women had previously won either tournament.
"I got down because I wasn't being very smart," said Litchfield. "The plan was to keep the ball high or low, out of her strike zone, but I was trying to hit it hard and rally with her instead.
"She was outplaying me... Once I started thinking it through more, I was able to come back."
Down 4-0 in the first set, Litchfield won five straight games and dominated the tiebreaker, 6-1.
"She got her bearings straight and came back," said Ventura coach Nelson Emery.
Down 2-1 in the second set, the Quartz Hill High product ripped off five straight games to clinch the state championship.
"First time in school history," said Emery, who is coaching both the men's and women's teams for the first time this season.
Ventura entered Saturday looking for both men's and women's state glory, but Ventura freshman Zach Taylor fell in the men's single final 6-2, 6-4 to Francisco Stuardo of College of the Desert.
"It was a tight match," said Emery. "At the end, he had his chance. If he had gotten into that third set, (Stuardo) was done. He was playing on fumes.
Taylor defeated Stuardo in three sets in the regional round.
"He played well," said Emery of Taylor. "The guy was just on fire, hitting winners everywhere.
"He has a big forehand and he was dictating play with that forehand."
No. 2 Orange Coast completed its two-game sweep of No. 15 Ventura College with a 1-0 win in 10 innings Saturday afternoon in Costa Mesa.
Ventura star Garrett Rau threw nine shutout innings before allowing a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning.
It's the third time in four years that the Pirates have reached the second round of the playoffs only to be eliminated by the Orange Empire Conference champion. Ventura fell to top-seed Santa Ana in 2006 and 2008.
Ventura finishes its season 26-18.
The Ventura College and Orange Coast College baseball teams are scoreless through regulation in Game 2 of their Best-of-3 second-round Southern California regional playoff series in Costa Mesa.
In perhaps his Ventura swansong, pitcher Garrett Rau has been spectacular, allowing just six hits. He in on the mound in the 10th inning, reminiscent of his high school finale, in which he spun 10 shutout innings in the CIF final at Dodger Stadium for Camarillo High.
Having lost the series opener 15-1 Friday, No. 15 Ventura has to win to force an immediate and decisive Game 3.
The Ventura County Fusion men's soccer team suffered the worst loss in the three-year history of the club Friday night against the Hollywood United Hitmen.
Jamie Chaves scored in the third minute as the Hitmen rolled, 4-0.
"It was a performance of outstanding mediocrity," Fusion head coach Graham Smith told Star corresponded Danny Page. "Sadly tonight we were lacking a will to win."
The No. 15 Ventura College baseball team opened the scoring in the first game of its Best-of-3 second round series at No. 2 Orange Coast Friday in Costa Mesa.
A.J. Gallardo singled home Garrett Rau in the top of the first to put the visiting Pirates up 1-0.
But the Orange Empire Conference champion responded with 15 unanswered runs to take Game 1, 15-1.
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Reynaldo Garcia's pinch hit grand slam onto Loma Vista with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed the Ventura College baseball team to tie visiting Chaffey, 11-11, in the single-elimination Southern California first-round game at Ventura College Tuesday afternoon.
The game was tied, 11-11, through 10 and 1/2 innings. Until Derrick Ring's single to left field scored Mike Yingling with the winning run one out in the bottom of the 11th inning.
No. 15 Ventura advances to face No. 2 Orange Coast in a Best-of-3 series this weekend.
The Pirates loaded the bases in the seventh on three straight singles by Joe Ramirez, Tyler Bevin and Brandon Young.
Down 7-3, Chaffey College scored eight times in the top of the seventh inning to take a 11-7 lead.
Nine of the first 10 Panthers of the inning reached base, including Chris Lemus' game-tying two-run double to right field and Willie Holmes two-run single to right center field. The inning chased Pirates starter Garrett Rau.
Tyler Bevan's three-run inside-the-park home run to center field gave the Pirates a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first.
Chaffey scored one run in each of the first three innings to pull within 4-3. The Panthers had two hits in each of the first three innings.
Collin LaVoie tripled and scored in the fifth and A.J. Gallardo stroked a two-run double in the sxith as Ventura pushed the lead to 7-3.
After going a half century without one, the Ventura College baseball team will host a postseason game for the second straight season Tuesday.
The Pirates (26-16) were seeded No. 15 in the Southern California regional playoffs Sunday and will host No. 18 Chaffey (29-13) in a single-elimination first round game Tuesday afternoon.
A win will advance Ventura to a Best-of-3 series at No. 2 Orange Coast (29-13), the Orange Empire Conference champion, this weekend.
Ventura finished third in the Western State Conference's North Division. Champion Cuesta (29-14) is the No. 3 seed. Runner-up Hancock (22-20) is the No. 13 seed.
Sophomore Garrett Rau broke the school record for hits and finished fourth in the WSC in hitting (.393). Sophomore Blair Walters (5-3, 3.10 ERA) finished third in the WSC in pitching.
Hosting its first playoff game in more than 50 years, Ventura triumphed for the first time in the postseason in collective memory a year ago by beating Rio Hondo, 12-5, in a single-elimination first round game.
The Ventura College softball team was swept out of the Southern California regional playoffs over the weekend by No. 2 and South Coast Conference champion Cerritos, 8-4 and 10-0.
Ventura center fielder Sabrina Gonzalez continued her stellar season, going 2 for 4 with a double in the first game. Shelbi Stallings added two hits, including a solo home run, and Shiane Sharp had a two RBI single.
Ventura was shut out, 10-0, in five innings in Game 2. Cerritos pitcher Hillary Perez-Ashley tossed a three-hitter.
The No. 13 Moorpark College softball team in three games to No. 4 Fullerton, champion of the Orange Empire Conference, in their first round Best-of-3 Southern California regional playoff series over the weekend.
Fullerton's Kelsey Marker threw a three-hitter in Friday's 4-1 Hornet win. Moorpark's Rebecca Grant had two of the Raiders' three hits.
Moorpark took the second game, 7-4, as Bonnie Ward pitched a five-hitter for her 22nd win of the season, was 2 for 3 at the plate, including a home run, and scored twice. Cayla Nelson was 2 for 3 and scored twice. Taylor Neumann had a three-run triple.
Moorpark mustered just five hits and was shutout, 8-0, in the decisive third game.
Moorpark (32-14) finished with 32 wins, the most by the program since 2002, and the WSC Gold Division title.
Ventura County Fusion men 2,Bakersfield 2 FINAL
League: USL Soccer Premier Development League, Southwest Conference, Round 1
Fusion team: 1 Eric Branagan-Franco, 28 Armando Guerrero, 26 Dillon Barna, 11 Alfonso Motogalvan, 9 Peter Savidis, 4 Anton Peterlin, 10 Hagop Chirishian (6 Manny Guzman 90th), 18 Adam Smarte (20 Bryan Byrne 46th), 8 Andrew Villalobos, 16 Anthony Hamilton, 23 Mike Ghebru
Fusion bench:22 Artur Aghasyan, 17 Johnny Alcaraz, 12 Henry Brauner, 6 Manny Guzman, 20 Bryan Byrne, 14 Tom Settle, 2 Brennan Tennelle.
Bakersfield team: 18 Victor Chinchilla, 8 Steve Arias, 5 Adam Artega, 15 Marco Mora, 23 Kevin Gallagher, 20 Leo Munoz, 6 Rufino Franco, 26 Hiram Rangel (2 Jay Gore 60th), 11 Carlos Aguilar, 9 Kyle Holland, 10 Jonah Long (7 Hebert Mora 7th).
Bakersfield bench: 17 Edgar Saldana, 2 Jay Gore, 7 Hebert Mora
Goals: Chirishian 17, Holland 32, 38, Hamilton 45(+1).
Yellow cards: None.
75th -- Peterlin rattles Bakersfield's left post from distance and the unrushing Fusion player fails to control the rebound follow.
70th -- Penalty shout for the Brigade falls on deaf ears after Holland collapses on the left side of the Fusion area.
68th -- Gore delivers a free kick for the Brigade from the right side. It's headed wide.
62nd -- Motagalvan spins a 25-yard free kick high and wide.
59th -- Set up by a nice square ball from Peterlin, Chirishian fires high and wide from 25 yards.
53rd -- Fusion corner headed wide.
47th -- Bryan Bryne comes on for Adam Smart at the half and immediately tests Chinchilla with a nice 20-yard bid. A subsequent corner is headed over by Motagalvan.
45th(+1) -- GOAL! Peterlin's cross from the right side is played back across the face of goal by an on-rushing Villalobos. Hamilton rises and finish from inside the 6-yard box with a textbook header. Fusion 2, Bakersfield 2.
44th -- A plum chance falls to Villalobos, ghosting in from the left wing, but Chinchilla makes an incredible save with his feet from 10 yards.
42nd Hamilton's shot from 18 yards forces a diving save from Chinchilla.
41st -- The Fusion's first corner kick of the night produces a chance. The ball finds Motagalvan who lunges to fire wide from 15 yards.
38th -- Holland pounces on another mistake by the Fusion defense, rounds Branigan-Franco and finishes his second goal in six minutes. Bakersfield 2, Fusion 1.
37th -- Mora turns and fires a bullet from 25 yards that barely clears Branigan's left post.
32nd -- GOAL! Barna is caught in possession and punished on the break by Holland, who converts Mora's pass atop the Fusion box. He beat Branagan-Franco low and to the right. Fusion 1, Bakersfield 1.
30th -- Ghebru finds space down the middle for a dribble and a low 25-yard shot, which is gathered by Chinchilla.
25th -- Hamilton has been a very active frontrunner for the Fusion. He's played into a left-wing channel alone and turns to fire a half chance that rolls just wide right of the Bakersfield goal.
21st -- Ghebru wizzes a fine shot wide.
17th -- GOAL! The Fusion open its account for the new season. Motagalvan's free kick from the right side winds into the Bakersfield penalty area and is headed home by Chirishian, who led the Fusion with four goals last season. Fusion 1, Bakersfield 0.
14th -- Ghebru crosses across the face of goal for Hamilton but the bid rolls wide left of the Bakersfield goal.
7th -- Long is injured and carried off the field. He's replaced by Mora.
Curley will update from live events and also interject with periodic comment on both international soccer and the local Ventura County Fusion.