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Men’s Soccer Season Ends with Pride
When the final whistle blew on Friday night at the VC Sportsplex, the scoreboard read 2-1 in favor of Fresno City College. See story here: http://www.vcstar.com/story/sports/college/2016/12/03/oxnard-college-mens-soccer-falls-state-semifinals/94627286/
Even though the defending champs were unable to advance to the CCCAA Championship game for the second year in a row, they created a great deal of pride for Oxnard College and their fans. After winning the first state championship at OC, on the 40th Anniversary of the college, the team came together to prove that they can compete with anybody.
Head Coach Ross Greaney has elevated the Condors to a championship level. After five-straight WSC championships and back-to-back Final Four appearances, OC is now the destination for local aspiring soccer athletes.
Thank you to the entire Oxnard community for the support you have given our soccer team!
Basketball: Condor Men and Women Fall at Trade Tech
November 30—Los Angeles
The Condors traveled to LA Trade Tech to play both the men’s and women’s teams.
Unfortunately for the Condors, they lost both games with the men falling 110-78 and the women, 67-42.
Daysone Henry led Oxnard with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Dominick Alexander had 16 points. Oxnard fell to 1-4 on the season, but …” we are young, with potential to get much better by conference,” quoted head coach Ron McClurkin.
As for the Lady Condors, they played very well to keep up with LATT, actually leading by three points, 22-19. Trade Tech outran OC in the second half, and forced the Condors to turn the ball over 26 times.
“I have been telling the team that we need to get our stamina up, and it showed. We played with a very talented team in the first half, but ran out of gas in the third quarter,” said Coach McClurkin.
The Lady Condors are back in action on December 2nd, at the Chaffey College Tourney, while the men play the following week in the SBCC Vaquero Invitational.
Condors Soar to Final Four
The 2015 CCCAA Champion Oxnard Condor Men’s Soccer Team is poised to return to the Championship Game. OC (14-2-8) will face Fresno City (18-1-4) in Friday’s state semifinals at Ventura College. The game is slated for 4:00 p.m.
Their road through the regionals was challenging, but they certainly came together as a team during the process. They defeated San Diego Mesa College 2-0, on goal by Jorge Jimenez and Luis Rivera. Next came their biggest challenge hosting Santa Ana as they needed last minute heroics to win 2-1. Luis Carbajal headed home a cross from Francisco Arroyo to tie the game in the 90th minute. Just one minute later, Raul Gonzalez shot a pass from Kiefer Cooksey into the net for the dramatic game winner. The Condors battled the elements against Pasadena City College. With the rain falling throughout the day, Oxnard jumped to an early lead on a PK by Mario Sermeno. Soon after, Luis Carbajal blasted a shot inside the post, to give OC the 2-0 advantage. PCC pulled within a goal, five minutes later, but Francisco Arroyo gave OC a two-goal cushion once again. Carbajal put the game on ice, with a nice finish at the goal to end the game, 4-1.
Tickets for the CCCAA State Semi-Finals may be purchased at the gate. The fees are as follows: $12 – adult (general admission)/$8 – identified student, faculty, staff, senior citizens (60+) and children 12 and under.
Condors Finish Strong at State
The Condors finish off their 2016 Cross Country season on a high note at the CCCAA State Championships.
Starting off in the Women’s Race, Briana Valencia (pic) had a breakthrough performance to finally break the 20 minute barrier to run an outstanding time of 19:36 placing her 47th overall for the 5K Course in Fresno’s Woodward Park. Her new personal record now ranks her 11th in the Top 40 All-Time performance list for the Lady Condors. Abigail Rivera also running extremely well for herself placed 127th with a seasonal best time of 21:14 which also places her 34th on the All-Time performance list.
In the Men’s Race, Ricky Hernandez, the sole Condor ending up to represent Oxnard on the start line for the State Meet, was able to get back to his former self after a rough patch of races leading up into championship season to cap it all off with a 110th place finish with a time of 22:06 for the 4 Mile Course.
Condors Get First Win at Home
The Oxnard College Men’s Basketball team opened up their home schedule against LA Harbor on Saturday night, and came away with a 92-81 victory.
As Head Coach Ron McClurkin begins his 17th season at the helm of the Condors, with 3 WSC Championships and two semi-finals appearances, he likes what he sees in this year’s squad. “The play hard and have the potential to win some games this year.” Coach McClurkin has coached three conference Players of the Year, and one CCCAA Player of the Year in Jeremiah Massey so he knows the type of talent that it takes to win.
Redshirt freshman, Jakari McClain had a huge game for OC, scoring 32 points, making 10-17 shots. Newcomer Dayshone Henry had 24 points to go along with his 11 boards, and point guard Dominick Alexander had 15 points for the Condors.
Oxnard will travel to play LA Valley on Wednesday night. The Monarchs are looking to bounce back after dropping their first two games of the season, with the tipoff slated for 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: Condors Lose Close Game in Home Opener
The Lady Condors played their first home game against the undefeated LA Harbor Seahawks Saturday night, coming off the most successful season in recent history for OC Women’s Basketball.
After a slow start, OC outscored the Seahawks 20-9, in the second quarter, to take the 34-27 lead at halftime. The lead was cut to four points after three quarters, and Oxnard played hard until the end, but fell 69-66.
The Condors had chances to tie the game with the last possession, but couldn’t find the net.
Sophomore Rhonniesha Simpson had a monster game for the Condors with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Richell Bequilla had nine points to go along with eight assists, and freshman Zoe Bowden had a nice game with 11 points and 10 boards.
Although OC is 0-2, they certainly showed the talent to repeat their solid showing from last year. They travel to the Southwest Tourney on Friday to take on Glendale College.
Condors Clinch Fifth Straight WSC Title
The 2015 State Champs are one step closer to their goal. With a 2-1 victory over a gritty Alan Hancock team, the Condors claimed the WSC North conference title.
It was OC’s 6th conference title in seven years under head coach Ross Greaney.
Mario Sermeno added his 12th and 13th goals on the season, to lead Oxnard. Both goals were setup by sophomore team captain, Kiefer Cooksey. The first came as Cooksey beat several Bulldog defenders and crossed a ball to Sermeno who tucked it in the right side of the net. The game winner was at the 72-minute mark, with Sermeno again handling the pressure of a strong Hancock defense as he beat AHC’s Maisen Baro for the 2-1 lead.
With the win, OC looks to be ranked in the top half of Southern California. That means Oxnard’s quest for a second-straight championship would begin with CCCAA Regional Round 1 on November 19th, in the Condor’s Nest. The game would begin at 2:00 p.m. against a lower-seeded opponent.
The Condor Women’s team got back in the win column against Hancock, with a 2-1 victory.
Oxnard fell behind after only a couple minutes of play, on a goal by Hancock’s Bonnie Zuniga. Faith Erickson scored her first goal of the season, to tie the game early in the first half. Oxnard College was celebrating Sophomore Day, with sophomore standout Maria Gomez collecting the game winner.
The Condors have a tremendous group of hard-working second-year players. They include: Shelby Aasen, Haley Sherwood, Karen Corral, Maria Gomez, Ana Karen Gutierrez, Anna Heath, Ashley Reyes, Andrea Rios, Chelsea Rivera, and Sarina Vasquez.
Condor Harriers Advance to State
Oxnard College ran well at the Southern California Regional Championships and will be sending four individual qualifiers to the 2016 CCCAA State Championships to be held on November 19th in Fresno, CA at Woodward Park.
In the Women’s race, the Lady Condors improved their team standing from the Preview Meet to break into the Top 20 by placing 19th out of 27 scoring teams. Briana Valencia (pic) placed 48th with a time of 20:24, which was over a 90 second improvement from when she ran on the same 5K course almost two months prior. Abigail Rivera (pic) ran superbly as well to finish in 84th place with a time of 21:25. Both Briana and Abigail’s performances qualified them for the State meet. Maria Armenta ran one of her best races of the season to place 101st with a time of 22:08. Jacky Casarrubias placed 116th with a time of 22:37 which was also a significant improvement from her SoCal Preview performance. Tania Chacon closed out her freshmen season to finish in 156th with a time of 25:04.
In the Men’s race, the Condors retained the same place as they did at the SoCal Preview Meet in 21st place out of 28 scoring teams. Ricky Hernandez (pic) bouncing back from his sub-par performance from the WSC Championships just a week ago led his squad again finishing in 71st place with a time of 22:09 for the 4 mile course. Alejandro Baltazar (pic) continuing to run big in championship season finished in 87th place with a time of 22:26. Both Ricky and Alejandro qualified for the State meet. Alan Ayala finishing his freshmen season with a bang placed 122nd place with a time of 23:01. Eric Navarrete stepped up his game as well to become the 4th scoring man for the first time ever for the team placing 136th with a time of 23:35. Enrique Sanchez ran tough when his foot started to bother him during the race but still managed to place 170th with a time of 24:29. Jose Hernandez ran well for himself to cap off his freshmen season to place 194th with a time of 27:41.
Oxnard Holds off LA Mission to Remain on Top
The Condor Men’s Soccer Team is learning how to win with high expectations. The 2015 CCCAA State Champs defeated the LA Mission Eagles on Friday, 2-0 to remain in the WSC North lead.
Every team knows how good the Condors are, so they come ready to play. The Condors (5-0-1, 9-0-8) took away some of the Eagles’ (3-2-1, 6-7-4) initial energy by scoring early in the game. Mario Sermeno converted a PK at the 6:00 mark, notching his 11th goal on the season.
A few minutes later, Jorge Jimenez (pic) blasted a shot from 35 yards out that tucked into the upper left hand corner of the goal.
That was all the scoring Oxnard needed as they controlled the pace, and their defense clamped down on the talented Eagle front line.
The intensity will be increase on the road at Santa Barbara on Tuesday night. The Condors travel to SBCC for a night game at 7:30 to face the 4-2 Vaqueros. OC was able to hold off SBCC two weeks ago, in the Nest, for a 1-0 win.
Men’s Soccer Dismantles MC; Women Fall to VC
On a day when all three soccer programs in the VCCCD were in play at Oxnard College, the Condors came away with a split-decision.
In the early game, Ventura College showed their talent in a 7-1 victory over Oxnard. Chelsea Rivera scored OC’s only goal, early in the first half to tie the score at 1-1. She was assisted by Maria Gomez, and the Condors looked like they would play level with the Pirates.
That was not the case as VC ran away with the game on a hat-trick by Jennifer Orozco, and two goals by Janelle Garcia.
The Lady Condors will travel to Moorpark College on Friday at 4:00
The day took a quick 180 degree turn when the defending CCCAA Champs took on Moorpark College.
Francisco Arroyo scored early (3:00) to give the Condors and early lead.
It was then the Luis Carbajal (pic) and Cabrera show. Both forwards took turns scoring goals and assisting each other on textbook goals.
The 5-0 cushion at the half allowed Head Coach Ross Greaney the opportunity to bring in some reserves. It will be valuable to rest some of the starters and for the other players to gains valuable playing experience.
The 6-1 final kept the Condors in first place with a showdown against second-place LA Mission College on Friday at 4:00, in the Condors Nest.
Western Conference Finals Recap
The Condors hosted the Western State Conference and shined on their home course.
In the Women’s Race, the Lady Condors finished 9th place qualifying them for an at-large berth into the Southern California Regional Championships. Briana Valencia leading the way finished in a solid 22nd place with a time of 20:20 which was a 26 second improvement for her on the 5K course from the OC Invitational. Abigail Rivera gave an impressive performance to finish in 21:31, a 68 second improvement on the course, to place 40th overall. Maria Armenta placed 52nd with a time of 22:14. Jacky Casarrubias was right behind Maria in 53rd place with a time of 22:22. Tania Chacon rounded the team score to finish in 66th with a time of 24:10.
In the Men’s Race, as it has been all season long, the Condors finished in the same place as the Women’s team in 9th place also qualifying the Men for an at-large entry into the postseason. Alejandro Baltazar leading the way for the Condors finished in 31st place with a time of 22:21 for the 4-mile course. Alan Ayala rose to the occasion to have a breakthrough performance to finish in 44th place with a time of 22:45. Enrique Sanchez held his own as well placed 50th with a time of 22:56. Ricky Hernandez struggled throughout the race and finished in 65th with a time of 23:32. Eric Navarrete rounded out the team score in 73rd place with a time of 23:49. Jose Hernandez had a goal to break 29 minutes for the 4-mile course and he did so in dramatic fashion to run 26:50 good for 104th place.
The Condors will now regroup and fine tune for championship season starting off with the Southern California Championships to be held on November 4th at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, CA.
Corsairs Come Back to Tie Condors
The state champs allowed the Santa Monica Corsairs to stick around on Tuesday and had to settle for a 2-2 tie.
After OC allowed Santa Monica’s Narciso Cerrantes to dribble through their defense and score at the 10:00 mark, they clamped down, and controlled the pace.
With team captain Keifer Cooksey (pic) playing terrific defense, the time of possession increased. Oxnard also kept pressure on Santa Monica early in the second half, and they finally broke through with a goal by Mario Sermeno. He was assisted by Luis Carbajal at the 50-minute mark.
Approximately 10 minutes later, Mario Sermeno scored on an indirect penalty kick from just outside the box. The shot was curled perfectly in the corner of the goal, to give OC the 2-1 lead.
The Condors were unable to take advantage of playing with an extra player for 20 minutes. Oxnard allowed SMCC to tie the game at 2-2, at the end of regulation, on a goal by Chris Negrete.
Oxnard will travel to Hancock College on Friday to take on the Bulldogs at 4:00.
Women’s Soccer: Condors earn a Tie at Cuesta
October 18--San Luis Obispo
The Oxnard College women's soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw at Cuesta College Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Condors got on the board in the fourth minute when freshman Kenya Saucedo scored, beating the Cougars' goalkeeper Sarah Siems to her right.
The lead vanished 20 minutes later as Oxnard College conceded a goal. The Lady Condors had a few opportunities to pull ahead to finish the half, but could not put a goal into the net. After a fairly even second half, the Lady Condors controlled play in the final 10 minutes of the game, but could not score.
Sophomore goalkeepers Shelby Aasen and Haley Sherwood combined to make nine saves. The back-line of Monique Esparza, Anna Heath, and Chelsea Rivera defended well, while sophomores Maria Gomez and Andrea Rios played well on top.
The Lady Condors travel to Santa Maria on Friday to play Allen Hancock College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm.
Condors Hold Off Santa Barbara
In a reduced WSC conference schedule, every contest means just a little more starting this year. There used to be 16 games played, but after a re-alignment, each team will only play 10 games in the North and South divisions. Points will be very hard to come by in the highly competitive WSC North.
The three points OC earned by defeating Santa Barbara CC 1-0 Friday afternoon was a big step to retaining the WSC crown.
The hard-fought game was decided by a penalty kick converted by sophomore Mario Sermeno.
The Condor defense did the rest, with freshman goalkeeper, Matthew Escareno (pic) leading the way. With Escareno tallying ten saves, and several terrific shots by the Vaqueros, he is starting to earn terrific praise from his team.
The Condors haven’t shown they can score a high volume of goals to this point in the season, but they may not need to if the defense can hold.
Oxnard hosts second place Santa Monica on Tuesday at 4:00.
Young Condor Harriers Show Promise at Mt. SAC
The Condors competed at the Mt. SAC Invitational and produced some promising results going into championship season.
In the Women’s race, the Lady Condors finished in 10th place (287 points) out of 17 scoring teams and was just behind Conference rival Moorpark in 9th (263 points). Briana Valencia (pic) leading the Lady Condors put in a seasonal best to finish in 28th place with a time of 19:53 breaking 20 minutes for the first time this season for the 3 mile course. Abigail Rivera also putting in a stellar performance as the 2nd scoring lady finished in 49th place with a time of 21:14. Jacky Casarrubias came from behind to catch up to Maria Armenta in the final stretch of the race and both finished 73rd (22:25) and 74th (22:27) respectively. Tania Chacon continuing to improve rounded out the team score finishing in 88th place with a time of 23:31
In the Men’s race, the Condors continuing the trend of finishing in the exact same place as the Women’s Team in 10th place (282 points) just behind Santa Monica in 9th (245 points) and Ventura in 8th (224 points). Alejandro Baltazar (left) led the Condors once again to finish in 39th place with a time of 22:34 for the 4 mile course. Ricky Hernandez jumping back from his last race finished in 42nd with a time of 22:36. Enrique Sanchez continuing to be consistent in his performances placed 83rd with a time of 23:40. Alan Ayala also continuing to improve finished in 93rd place with a time of23:57. Eric Navarrete rounded out the team score finished in 119th place with a time of 25:17. Jose Hernandez placed 150th with a time of29:46.
Next up, the Condors will gear up for the Western State Conference Finals with Oxnard College set to host the championships at home once again on October 21st.
Oxnard Starts WSC Title Defense with Win
The Condors are looking to win an unprecedented fifth straight WSC Men’s Soccer crown. They took one step toward that goal Monday afternoon with a 2-1 win over LA Mission College (3-6-3).
OC’s first goal was built up by good passes and movement. Francisco Arroyo stood at the end of Mission’s goal and he found Luis Carbajal (pic) on the right wing. The freshman (Nordoff HS) dribbled past several defenders, and curled the ball in for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
LA Mission was similar to Bakersfield, in that they played very hard. The Condors found their second goal 60 minutes into the game on a counter attach lead by Roy Solis. Solis pushed Luis Carbajal’s left foot on a slanted run to the front of the goal, to give the Condors a 2-0 advantage.
The win also kept the Condors (5-0-7) unbeaten on the season, with a match with Santa Barbara City College slated for Friday. Kickoff will be at 4:00, following the women’s game at 2:00.
Condors Fall to Moorpark
The Condors (5-7) played well in the first half to keep the Raiders (6-3-3) off the scoreboard. Unfortunately, OC didn’t convert any shots either as the Oxnard defense and goalkeeper, Shelby Aasen played with intensity.
Seven minutes into the second half, Oxnard allowed MC’s Paulina Friedl to score to make the score 1-0. OC allowed their energy to drop and two more Raider goals followed to down the Condors, 3-0. MC got goals from Kelsea Matthews and Breanna Pilkington.
The Lady Condors will try to rebound against Santa Barbara on Friday at 2:00. The game will be held in the Oxnard Stadium.
Women’s Soccer: OC’s Inconsistent Energy Results in Loss to AVC
The Lady Condors played well in spurts, but lacked the consistency to overcome three goals by Antelope Valley College.
The Condors struck first, 15 minutes into the game, on a goal by Maria Gomez. Andrea Rios gave Gomez a terrific pass, over the defender to put OC up 1-0.
The lead didn’t last long as Valerie Villadares was able to slide the ball into the net, five minutes after Oxnard took the lead. The Marauders scored two more goals, at the 30:00 mark (Mackinzie Broderick) and five minutes (Jennifer Bowers) into the second half.
Coach Gabi Gonzalez seemed to wake up the Condors with a half-time talk as OC played with energy for the entire second half. Oxnard players consistently pressured AVC, with OC’s second goal coming from a rebound by Sarina Vasquez. Ana Karen Gutierrez started the initial play and earned the assist, to bring OC within one goal, 3-2.
Unfortunately, that’s the way the game ended, with OC falling to 5-5 on the year. The Condors will host LA Pierce on Friday at 2:00.
Condor Women’s Soccer Rebounds against Monarchs
September 30—Van Nuys
After an uninspiring 2-0 defeat to Glendale College on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Lady Condors did not want a repeat performance at Monarch Stadium against L.A. Valley College.
Playing one of their best games of the season, the Lady Condors were firing on all cylinders, defeating the host Monarchs 1-0 Friday night. Both teams had equal scoring chances in the first half. L.A. Valley applied pressure on top in the opening minutes of the second half, but Oxnard College was able to play their way of their half of the field. The Lady Condors hit pay-dirt in the 58th minute when the ball was played to sophomore Maria Gomez on the left flank. Gomez back-heeled a pass to sophomore Ashley Reyes (pic), who was running in stride. Reyes took two dribbles before striking the ball with her left foot over the goalkeeper’s head, hitting the inside of the far post and into the goal.
The Lady Condors defended well, led by sophomore Anna Heath, as the Monarchs pressed during the final moments of the game to preserve the win.
Sophomore goalkeepers Haley Sherwood and Shelby Aasen combined to make six saves.
The Lady Condors improve to 5-4 on the season and host Antelope Valley College Tuesday, Oct. 4 in a non-conference game at the Condor’s Nest.
Condor Harriers Improve at WSC Preview
The Condors competed at the Western State Conference Preview Meet held at the Kern County Soccer Park in Bakersfield and produced some strong performances.
In the Women’s Race, the Lady Condors finished in a respectable 8th place out of 11 scoring teams just 1 point behind Bakersfield in 7th. Briana Valencia (pic) put on a strong performance to lead her team finishing in an impressive 25th place with a time of 20:47 for the 5K course. Abigail Rivera bounced back from last week’s race to be the 2nd scoring lady placing 42nd with a time of 22:03. Maria Armenta put in another consistent effort finished in 48th place in 22:46. Jackie Casarrubias was not too far behind Maria placed 50th with a time of 22:59. Tania Chacon ran strong to round out the team score finishing in 60th place with a time of 23:55.
In the Men’s Race, Oxnard finished in 10th place out of 12 scoring teams. Alejandro Baltazar (pic) put in an impressive effort to lead the Condors for the first time this season and managed to crack into the top 25 finishing in 23rd place with a seasonal best of 22:20 on the 4 mile course. Ricky Hernandez had a tough day finishing in 41st place with a time of 23:00. Enrique Sanchez and Alan Ayala were close to each other throughout the entire race finishing in 45th (23:13) and 46th (23:18) respectively. Eric Navarrete rounded out the team score finishing in 90th place with a time of 25:42. Jose Hernandez finished in 108th place with a time of 29:13.
The Condors will next compete at Mt. SAC Invitational on October 14 before gearing up and heading into the Western State Conference Championships the week after.
Men’s Soccer Comes back to Defeat Pasadena
The Condor’s put on another display of ball control for the first 50 minutes of play, only to find themselves down 1-0.
Five minutes into the first half, the Lancers found their way into the OC goal area, and slid a shot by freshman goalie, Matthew Escareno. Despite this surprise, the state champions did not waver.
OC stuck with their game plan to possess the ball in Pasadena’s half of the field. Francisco Arroyo (left) took a pass and beat half of the Pasadena defense. He powered the ball past Yusuf Elmasri to tie the game 62 minutes in.
With only five minutes to play, Luis Carbajal found Arroyo again, with an excellent pass. The freshman from Carpinteria HS knew just what to do. He turned and found the back of the net again to give the Condors a much needed 2-1, non-conference win over a very tough Pasadena squad.
Oxnard gets a break this Friday, but will be back in action on October 4th at 5:00, at Antelope Valley College.
Condor Runners Continue to Improve
September 23—Huntington Beach
The Condors competed at the Golden West Invitational and continue to improve as they move forward into the second half of the season.
In the Women’s Race, the Lady Condors placed 15th out of 17 scoring teams. Briana Valencia leading the way placed 66th with a time of 22:10. Maria Armenta (pic) put in a superb performance to be the second scoring lady for the team, placing 84th with a time of 22:54. Jacky Casarrubias also put in a solid effort to place 89th with a time of 23:01. Not too far behind was Abigail Rivera, who struggled slightly to finish 93rd, with a time of 23:11. Tania Chacon rounded out the team as the 5th scorer, finishing in 119th place, with a time of 24:49.
In the Men’s Race, the Condors once again finishing in the same position as the Ladies in 15th out of 19 scoring teams. Ricky Hernandez continued to lead the team and placed 49th with a time of 22:31. Alejandro Baltazar placed 77th with a time of 23:02. Enrique Sanchez (pic) putting in another consistent effort as the 3rd scorer placed 102nd with a time of 23:43. Alan Ayala, bouncing back from his last race, placed 136th with a time of 24:35. Eric Navarrete rounding out the team score finished in 158th place with a time of 25:12. Jose Hernandez running another seasonal best placed 187th with a time of 29:05.
Next week the Condors will compete at the Western State Conference Preview Meet at the Kern County Soccer Fields in Bakersfield.
Oxnard Men’s Soccer Stays Unbeaten with Fifth Tie
Nearly every opponent the defending champs have played thus far are top-ranked teams in the state. Tuesday was no exception as OC (2-0-5) took on seventh-ranked Santa Ana College (5-0-3), and for the fifth time, the game ended in a tie, 2-2.
The Condors came out sluggish in the early going, giving the Dons an early break. OC turned the ball over deep in their own territory, and freshman goalie Matthew Escareno was forced to foul to stop an easy goal. Santa Ana’s Noe Alvizo-Chavez scored the PK at the 5:00 mark, making the score 1-0.
The Condors regained their composure and got back to controlling the ball for the remainder of the game. An OC forward was fouled in the box at the 34-minute mark, and Mario Sermeno converted the PK to tie the game. Shortly after, nearly the exact same foul was committed by the Dons, and at 42 minutes, Sermeno made the score 2-1.
The entire game was hotly contested, with 14 yellow cards (9 for SA, 5 for OC) handed out. Toward the end of the game, Oxnard was forced to play short-handed as Jerry Orozco received his second yellow on the day. With three minutes left, Isreal Espinoza headed the ball past the diving Escareno to finish the game at 2-2.
Oxnard will travel to ninth-ranked Taft College on Friday afternoon. Kickoff is slated for 4:00.
Lady Condors Stumble at Citrus
It was a tale of two halves for the Oxnard College Women’s soccer team Tuesday night. The Lady Condors (4-3) conceded two goals in the first half, but played a complete game in the second half of their 2-0 loss to Citrus College.
The Owls got on the board in the fourth minute, and scored on an own goal in the 28th minute. The Lady Condors made some adjustments at halftime, allowing them to possess the ball more in the second half. Oxnard College was more on the attack, creating more scoring chances, but could not put one in the back of the net.
The Lady Condors were paced by the sophomores this game, including Sarina Vasquez (pic), Maria Gomez, and Anna Heath. Sophomore goalkeepers Haley Sherwood and Shelby Aasen combined to make five saves.
The Lady Condors return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 27 when they host Glendale College. Kickoff at the Condor’s Nest is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer: OC Slides by El Camino
The Condors (2-0-4) stayed unbeaten on the 2016 season and collected their second win of the season by defeating El Camino College (0-5-1), 1-0 on Friday afternoon.
Oxnard controlled the entire game, collecting 22 shots to six by the Warriors. Eleven of OC’s shots were on frame, but only one found the back of the net.
At the 85:00-minute mark, El Camino was called for a hand ball in the box. OC’s Mario Sermeno (pic) was given the PK, and he calmly buried the shot in the net. That was all the Condor’s needed for the 1-0 victory.
The defending champs are ranked at number 10 in the latest CCCSCA poll. They take on Santa Ana in the Condors Nest at 4:00 on Tuesday, September 20th.
Women’s Soccer: OC Falters at El Camino
It was a tough outing for the Oxnard College Lady Condors Friday afternoon as they were outplayed by the host El Camino College Warriors, losing 2-0.
Playing in a newly-constructed stadium, the Lady Condors found themselves down 1-0 in the third minute as they were scored on by Kalyn Kaemerle, on a counter-attack. Oxnard College did play well in spots, led by sophomore Maria Gomez, who finished with four shots in the game. But the Warriors were able to break through late in the game, scoring on a header by Kayla Sanchez in the 89th minute.
Freshman defender Monique Esparza and freshman midfielder Christal Martinez (pic) had strong performances throughout the game. Sophomores Shelby Aasen and Haley Sherwood combined to make 15 saves.
The Lady Condors return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 20, when they travel to Citrus College in Azusa to play the Owls. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Condor XC goes through Paces at So Cals
The Condors competed at the SoCal Preview Meet at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, CA and got a taste of things to come later in the season. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams put in decent performances but look to improve their overall team standings for the SoCal Championships come November.
In the Women’s Race, the Lady Condors placed 21st out of 31 teams. Briana Valencia leading the way for Oxnard College placed 81st with a time of 21:56 for the 5K course. Abigail Rivera (left) continuing to be OC’s 2nd scoring lady placed 114th with a time of 22:41. Jacky Casarrubias was the 3rd scoring lady placing 124th with a time of 23:11. Maria Armenta not too far behind Jacky finished in 128th place with a time of 23:25. Tania Chacon rounded out the team score in 157th place with a time of 24:30.
In the Men’s Race, the Condors placed 21st as well out of 32 scoring teams. Ricky Hernandez led his team once again to run a seasonal best of 21:50 and placed a respectable 44th for the 4 mile course. Alejandro Baltazar (left) was the 2nd man once again putting in another solid effort to place 92nd with a time of 22:36. Enrique Sanchez continuing to be the 3rd scoring man placed 180th with a time of 23:56. Alan Ayala placed 223rd with a time of 24:40. Eric Navarette rounding out the team as our 5th man placed 256th with a time of 25:34. Jose Hernandez continuing to improve individually placed 302nd with a time of 29:18.
Next week the Condors will compete at the Golden West Invitational in Huntington Beach’s Central Park to be held on September 23rd.
OC Men’s Soccer Continue to Tie
The OC Men’s Soccer played a strong game on the road against the Cerritos Falcons on Tuesday afternoon. In typical fashion, the Condors controlled the ball for the majority of the time, and pressured Cerritos early on.
Oxnard took an early lead 1-0 on a goal by Francisco Arroyo. He was assisted on the goal by Jerry Orozco, at the 15-minute mark as he slid the ball past the Falcon goalie, Martin Del Campo.
A defensive error by the Condors led to Cerritos’ first goal by Oscar Canela. Two minutes later, Canela quickly added a second goal, and Oxnard found themselves trailing 2-1.
That did not last long, as OC was able to rebound. Luis Carbajal (pic), who had a great scoring chance earlier in the first half, caught sophomore goalie Del Campo unaware and his shot went into the net uncontested, and the teams were tied.
Both teams had some late chances, one in particular by Cerritos that was saved by Miguel Coronel. OC goalie, Mathew Escareno came out of the net to cut off the angle on a shot, but Canela's shot was deflected wide by the Condors Coronel, to preserve the tie.
It was Oxnard’s fourth tie of the season, and they look to win on the road at El Camino College on Friday at 4:00. The game will be played at El Camino, and can be seen here for $7.95: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/elcamino/
Oxnard Women’s Soccer Wins Back to Back Games, 2-0
It wasn't pretty, but the Oxnard College Lady Condors were able to grind out a 2-0 victory over the West L.A. Wildcats. With the win, the Lady Condors improve to 3-1 on the young season. After an even stretch of play, sophomore Maria Gomez launched a 35-yard strike over the head of goalkeeper Monica Steiber, who was off her line. Sophomore Sarina Vasquez had the assist. Oxnard College had to fend off an aggressive attack by West L.A. to open the second half, forcing sophomore goalkeeper Haley Sherwood to make a few reaction saves to preserve the lead. The Lady Condors sealed the win as freshman Kenya Saucedo scored on a cross in the 85th from the right flank by sophomore Anna Heath.
Sherwood and fellow sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Aasen (left) combined to make 13 saves. Through four games, the Lady Condors have only conceded two goals. Oxnard College is back in action Tuesday, the 13th as they host the Santa Monica Corsairs.
The Lady Condors hosted the Santa Monica Corsairs on Tuesday afternoon, and got back to basics.
First-year head coach Gabriel Gonzalez had OC playing with more energy to start the game. The Condors controlled the ball and the game throughout the first half. At the 37-minute mark, Ana Karen Gutierrez found Maria Gomez outside the top of the box. Gomez took one touch before blasting a shot past the diving Santa Monica goalkeeper. The goal was Gomez’ seventh on the season.
The Condors scored again in the 44th minute. Gutierrez again earned the assists with a beautiful touch pass to Andrea Rios (left) at the top of the goal box. Rios knew exactly what to do as she drove past the defender and netted a shot in the lower-left corner of the goal.
Sophomore goalie, Shelby Aasen earned the shutout, and has yet to give up a goal on the season.
The Condors are now 4-1 on the season, with a tough matchup against El Camino College (4-0-2) on Friday.
Condors Split Games in Seabreeze Tourney
The Oxnard College Women's soccer team hosted and split two games this weekend during the annual Seabreeze Tournament.
In the opening game on Friday, the Lady Condors lost 1-0 to Citrus College. Both sides had their chances early on, but the Owls scored in the 40th minute on a counter-attack. The Lady Condors pressed the action more in the second half and had a few opportunities to score, but could not equalize. Sophomore goalkeepers Haley Sherwood (left) and Shelby Aasen combined to make 13 saves.
The Lady Condors bounced back in a big way on Saturday, defeating El Camino College-Compton Center 9-0.
Sophomore Ana Karen Gutierrez scored two goals in the opening 13 minutes of play. Sophomore Maria Gomez (left) scored on a free kick in the 31st minute, placing the ball in the upper right corner of the goal. Freshman Jessica Arroyo scored four minutes later, and freshman Kenya Saucedo rounded out the scoring in the first half in the 40th minute. Maria Gomez scored all four of Oxnard College's second half goals. Saucedo and Arroyo each had two assists, while Gomez, Andrea Rios, Anna Heath, and Adilene Juarez each had an assist. Sophomore goalkeepers Shelby Aasen and Haley Sherwood combined to make six saves.
Oxnard College returns to action on Friday, September 13 when they host West Los Angeles (L.A.) College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm at the Condors' Nest.
Young OC Harriers Continue to Improve
The Condors competed at the Ventura Invitational and produced good results for both the Men and Women teams for the early season.
In the Women’s Race, the Lady Condors finished in a very respectable 4th place with 94 points out of 7 scoring teams just behind conference rivals Moorpark (1st, 50 points), Ventura (2nd, 56 points) and Bakersfield (3rd, 88 points). Briana Valencia (left) leading the way for Oxnard placed 11th in 23:47 for the hilly Arroyo Verde Park course. Abigail Rivera rose to the challenge and improved her position from 4th to the 2nd scoring lady for the team in 22nd place with a time of 25:02. Jackie Casarrubias and Maria Armenta were not too far behind Abigail, placing 24th (25:20) and 26th (25:34) respectively. Tania Chacon rounded out the team score in 33rd place with a time of 26:35.
In the Men’s Race, the Condors placed 5th out of 9 total for the team competition with a score of 119 points putting them behind Moorpark winning the Men’s title with 69 points and just behind West LA (2nd, 88 points), Santa Barbara (3rd, 89 points) and Ventura finishing in 4th with 102 points. Once again led by Ricky Hernandez (left), who placed an impressive 5th place with a time of a time of 23:11 for the 4-mile course. Alejandro Baltazar ran extremely well to place right behind Hernandez in 6th place, with a time of 23:19. Enrique Sanchez once again was the 3rd scoring man placing 30th in 25:04. Alan Ayala ran tough to hold his position as the 4th scorer finishing in 40th with a time of 25:47. Eric Navarrete put forth a strong effort to round out the team score in 52nd with a time of 26:31, which was almost a 2 minute improvement on the course from his performance a year ago. Jose Hernandez ran tough for himself placing 80th with a time of 31:34 as our 6th man.
Condors Begin Title Defense with Tie
The CCCAA Champion Oxnard College Condors began their non-conference season against highly ranked Santa Rosa Junior College on Saturday afternoon.
Oxnard looked sharp in the early going by putting nine shots on frame in the first half. Freshman, Adrian Hernandez blasted a shot from the 18 that hit the crossbar.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie, with OC possessing the ball nearly the entire half.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Bear Cubs created pressure with sophomore Wilson Briggs. Santa Rosa moved the ball deep in the Condor’s half of the field, and sent a shot off an OC defender’s foot, for the first score of the game.
Raul Gonzalez was able to break down the stingy Santa Rosa defense, but could not find the net.
After 86:00 minutes of play, and 19 shots on goal, Oxnard’s Luis Carbajal was able to finish the job. The goal, with assists from Jerry Orozco and Jorge Jimenez, gave OC the tie, 1-1.
After the game, Santa Rosa Head Coach Marty Kinahan praised the Condor program. “We wanted to come down and play the state champions, and were very impressed by the way you play. It’s great to play a team made up of local players who respect the game, and play it the right way.”
Condor Athletics would like to thank Santa Rosa Men’s Soccer for traveling all the way to Oxnard and playing in our home opener.
Women’s Soccer Opens with a Win
The Oxnard College Women's soccer team won their 2016 season debut Friday afternoon, holding off College of the Desert 3-1.
Freshman Kenya Saucedo opened the scoring for the Condors in the 16th minute, slotting in a loose ball past Desert goalkeeper, Britney Vargas. One minute later, sophomore Sarina Vazquez scored off an assist from sophomore Andrea Rios, to put the Condors ahead by two goals.
College of the Desert got on the board ten minutes into the second half, courtesy of a penalty kick. Saucedo put the Condors up again by two goals in the 64th minute, scoring off a cross from the right flank by sophomore Ana Karen Gutierrez.
Sophomore goalkeepers Shelby Aasen and Haley Sherwood combined to make eight saves. The Condors' strong defense was led by sophomores Anna Heath and Chelsea Rivera. The victory also marked the debut of newly-appointed head coach and Oxnard College alumni Gabriel Gonzalez.
The Condors return to action on Friday (Sept. 2) against Citrus College in the opening game of the annual Seabreeze Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm at the Condors' Nest.
Condor Cross Country Opens Fall Sports Season with OC Invitational
Oxnard College kicked off the Cross Country season on August 26th with its home meet at the OC Invitational. The meet itself had a great turnout for its second year running with 10 visiting schools toeing the line on the OC campus that included: Antelope Valley, Bakersfield, College of the Canyons, Citrus, Cuesta, De Anza, Glendale, Hartnell, Moorpark and Ventura.
In the Women’s Race, Glendale won the team competition with 30 points with Canyons finishing 2nd place (50 points) and Cuesta in 3rd place (96 points). The Condors fielding a very young women’s squad this year comprised of only freshmen finished in a solid 7th place (172 points) right behind Moorpark in 6th place (130 points) and ahead of Ventura in 10th place (190 points). Led by Briana Valencia debuting her season placed 23rd in a solid time of 20:46 for the 5K course. The 2nd and 3rd ladies worked together throughout the entire race with Jackie Casarrubias finishing right ahead of Maria Armenta in 22:04 (44th place) and 22:07 (45th place) respectively. The 4th Condor was Abigail Rivera placing 53rd in a time of 22:39 and close behind was Tania Chacon to round out the women’s team score finishing in 57th place with a time of 22:48.
In the Men’s Race, Glendale took the Men’s team title as well with an almost perfect score of 16 points. Hartnell was 2nd with a score of 57 points and Moorpark placing 3rd with 114 points. The Condors finished 9th just ahead of Ventura in 10th place (249 points) and Citrus in 11th place (279 points). The Men’s squad was led by Ricky Hernandez in his debut race as a freshman finishing just outside of the Top 10 but still a very impressive 11th place in 21:58 for the 4-mile course. OC’s 2nd man was returning sophomore Alejandro Baltazar finishing in 26th place with a time of 22:33. The 3rd scorer was freshman Enrique Sanchez in a surprise performance placing 58th with time of 23:39. Freshman Alan Ayala was the 4th man placing 67th in 23:58 and sophomore Eric Navarrete rounded out the team score as our 5th man placing 74th in 24:22. Freshman Jose Hernandez was the 6th man placing 97th with a time 29:24.
Both teams are very pleased with the early results and are looking forward to a good season. The next meet up will be the Ventura Invitational at Arroyo Verde Park on September 2nd.
Gabi Gonzalez Elevated to Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Oxnard College
In 2007, when Gabriel Gonzalez was helping the Condors claim the WSC Championship, he never thought he would be returning to his alma mater to coach the Women’s Soccer team at OC.
Gabi is now the head coach of both the Condors and Hueneme HS Vikings. He took over for Coach Bill Propster, who was the head coach for six years, and the Condor assistant for three years.
Coach Gonzalez is elevating his coaching status, but maybe more impressive, was his history as a player. He has played for the Sacramento Republic Futbol Club, Orange County Blues, the Ventura County Fusion, and internationally for VFL Osnabruick (Germany) and for Chivas Mexico.
“Gabi will do a great job helping our young women succeed on the field and in the classroom. He knows what it takes as he’s been successful starting his career here and has carried his success to a professional coaching position,” said OC athletic director Jonas Crawford. “Gabi Gonzalez is a true OC alumni superstar. He was Player of the Year in 2007 for Oxnard and a Ventura County Hall of Fame inductee in 2008. He helped Coach Greaney win his first WSC Championship as a player in ’07.”
The Lady Condors will be opening their 2016 season hosting College of the Desert on Friday, August 26th at 4:00. The annual Sea Breeze Tourney is slated for September 2nd-4th. OC will start by playing Citrus at 2:00 on Friday, September 2nd.
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