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Condor Soccer Teams Both Fall
October 17, 2017—Oxnard
The Condor Men’s and Women’s soccer teams both traveled on Tuesday, but both lost.
The Lady Condors (4-8-2) went to top-ranked SBCC (11-0-1) and lost 4-0. Tiffany Alvarado was able to make eight saves, but the OC offense was unable to penetrate the Vaquero defense, who have only given up one goal in the last nine games.
Oxnard will try to get back on track when they host Cuesta College on Friday at 4:00.
The Condor (8-5-1) men didn’t not fare much better as they battled traffic and the SMCC Corsairs (11-1-2) in Santa Monica. OC dropped their second WSC contest in a row, 2-0.
In Condor fashion, OC possessed the ball for the majority of the game. Oxnard wasn’t able to break down Santa Monica’s defense and allowed two counter-attack goals.
OC looks to regroup on Friday in the nest at 2:00 when they host Allan Hancock College.
Valencia Chalks Another Win at the Famous Mt. SAC Invitational
October 14, 2017—Walnut, Ca
The Condors shine in their last invitational at Mt. SAC before heading into championship season.
In the Women’s race, Oxnard finished 6th place out of 14 scoring teams. Sophomore Briana Valencia continuing to run strong and won the race in an impressive 18:33 for the famous 3-mile course. Abigail Rivera also continuing to hold her own placed 27th with a time of 20:30. Freshman Kristal Silva was the 3rd scoring member and placed 55th with a time of 21:52. Clara Hernandez was right behind Kristal in 56th place with at time of 21:53. Tania Chacon bouncing back from a bad race a couple weeks ago stepped it up to round out the team score placing 63rd in 22:13. Jacky Casarrubias had a tough race but managed to place 89th in 23:23. Erika Rodriguez was 97th in 24:08. Vanessa Garcia finished in 110th in 25:58. Elba Garcia was 188th place in 29:26.
In the Men’s race, the Condors finished 10th out of 18 scoring teams. Freshman JD Martinez continued to lead the squad finished in 23rd place with a time of 22:17 for the 4-mile course. Omar Ramos ran strong finishing in 60th place with a time of 23:10. Gildardo Baltazar bounced back from a previous couple of tough races and placed 61st just behind Omar with a time of 23:11. Bulmaro De Alba ran tough to place 122nd with a time of 25:09. Edgar Gordillo rounded out the team score finishing in 146th place in 27:22.
Up next, the Condors will return to Bakersfield for the Western State Conference Championships on October 20th at the Kern County Soccer Complex.
Soccer Report: Condors Split First WSC Games
October 10, 2017—Oxnard
The Oxnard College Men’s Soccer team played a tough LA Mission squad on Tuesday afternoon.
The game saw LA Mission collect six yellow cards as the Eagles aggressively defended the Condors attack. The strategy worked in the first half, holding OC to limited shots, and no goals. Mission scored 21 minutes in the first period, for a 1-0 lead.
Oxnard regrouped in the second half, and finally earned a PK, with a hard foul on a Condor player, in the LA Mission goal box. Francisco Arroyo calmly converted the PK to tie the game at 1-1. OC kept the pressure on the Eagles all second half and broke through with the game winner in the 89th minute, on a goal by Sophomore Conor Daly (left).
The win moved OC to 8-3-1 on the season, with a tough matchup on the road at SBCC on Friday at 7:00.
In a rivalry game for the OC Women’s Soccer team, the Condors traveled to VC to play the Pirates.
The game remained scoreless through the first half, with the OC defense making some terrific stops. Unfortunately, they were unable to hold off the Pirates in the second half. Kayla Simmons (left) had another outstanding game in goal saving 18 shots on goal. VC got goals from Justine Reyes and Audrey Castillo to put the game away, 2-0.
OC will have a chance at the Pirates again on October 27th. The next game on the calendar for the Condors is another rivalry game against Moorpark College on Friday at 4:00.
Soccer Report: Oxnard College Men and Women Holding their Own
October 9, 2017—Oxnard
Last week both Condor soccer teams produced positive results on the field.
Women’s Soccer came away with a 2-2 tie at LA Pierce (ranked number 10 in SoCal, 6-3-3). The Condors (4-5-2) fell behind in the first half, but rallied behind sophomore Michelle Pena (left) and freshman Stephanie Salcido, who scored goals in the second half. The Condor freshman goalkeeper, Kayla Simmons made nine tremendous saves to limit the Brahma’s scoring.
The WSC Champions Men’s Soccer team went 7-2-1 in their last 10 games with a 2-1 win over AVC (5-5-1) last Tuesday and a 2-0 shutout of Bakersfield (0-8-3) on Friday. In the Tuesday game, sophomore striker Francisco Arroyo (pic) scored a pair of goals to win it for OC. On Friday, sophomore Eduardo Gonzalez scored quickly for the Condors at the three-minute mark. A late goal was added in the second half by Luis Juarez to ice the game.
Both the men and women open their WSC competition on Tuesday afternoon. The men will host LA Mission (4-5-2) at 4:00, while the women travel to VC (4-7-2) for a 6:00 o’clock game.
Condor Cross Country Places Well at WSC Preview
September 29, 2017—San Dimas, CA
The Condors competed at the Western State Conference Preview Meet held at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, hosted by Citrus College, and made a strong mark against the best of the best within the conference.
In the Women’s Race, the Lady Condors took a solid 4th place among the now 15 school conference. Briana Valencia (left) continuing to run strong led the squad with a 3rd place finish with a time of 19:38. Abigail Rivera ran a tough race but still managed to place 16th with a time of 21:50. Jacky Casarrubias stepped up her performance to finish as the 3rd lady placing 33rd place with a time of 24:06. Freshman Kristal Silva, continuing to add depth to the team, placed 36th with a time of 24:26. Clara Hernandez rounded out the team score finishing in 38th with a time of 24:48. Gabriela Rivera finished in 49th place with a time of 25:46. Tania Chacon had a tough race finishing in 55th place with a time of 26:43. Erika Rodriguez finished in 52nd with a time of 26:07. Vanessa Garcia finished in 5th with a time of 26:44. Elba Garcia placed 74th with a time of 30:55. Julissa Jimenez finished in 79th with a time of 45:17.
In the Men’s Race, the Condors finished a respectable 6th place. Juan Martinez (left) leading the Condors finished in 9th place with a time of 22:43. Jose Ortiz bounced back from a tough race the week before and placed 21st with a time of 23:28. Omar Ramos held his own finished in 25th with a time of 23:40. Bulmaro De Alba was able to grind out a 50th place finish with a time of 25:04. Gildardo Baltazar struggled throughout the entire race, but managed to round out the team score in 60th place with a time of 26:03. Leonardo Velasco was in 73rd place with a time of 27:25. Dimitri Lombera finished in 78th with a time of 27:56.
Next up, the Condors will compete at their last invitational at the famed Mt. SAC Invitational on October 14th before heading into conference championships the following week.
Men’s Soccer Update
September 21, 2017—Oxnard
The Condor Men’s Soccer team got back to their winning ways on Tuesday with a 5-0 shutout of Victor Valley College.
Francisco Arroyo got OC on the board early in the first half, followed by two goals from Magno Gonzalez (left). The Condors added two more goals in the second half by Luis Rivera and Arvin Bravo, to put the game in hand.
The Condors are back in action on Friday against Clovis College. Clovis (2-2-3) is in their second season, with signature wins over WSC teams Hancock College and LA Mission. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 in the Oxnard College Soccer Stadium.
Condor Harriers Pace themselves at SoCal Previews
September 15, 2017—Santa Clarita
The Condors competed at the 2017 SoCal Preview Meet at Central Park in Santa Clarita, CA and made their mark against the best schools in Southern California, but both teams look to make improvements by championship season.
In the Women’s race, the Lady Condors placed a very respectable 10th out of 24 scoring teams. Sophomore Briana Valencia led her squad with a solid 12th place finish with a time of 20:12. Abigail Rivera was the 2nd scoring woman finishing in 53rd place with a time of 21:51. Freshman Clara Hernandez ran 23:09 placing 94th. Kristal Silva, making her debut race for the season, was our 4th scoring lady ran 23:19 in 103rd place. Rounding out the team score was Tania Chacon placing just a few places behind Kristal in 107th place with a time of 23:25. Jacky Casarrubias was the 6th scoring lady finishing in 124th place with a time of 24:07. Vanessa Garcia placing in the Top 7 for the Condors finished in 158th place in 25:30. Erika Rodriguez was 166th place with a time of 26:06. Gabriela Rivera was 173rd place in 26:35. Elba Garcia was 199th place in 29:33. Julissa Jimenez was 210th in 39:59.
In the Men’s race, the Condors finished 15th out of 27 scoring teams. Juan Martinez led the Men finishing in 62nd place with a time of 22:50. Jose Ortiz was in 114th place with a time of 23:29. Omar Ramos opening up with his season debut, managed to be the 3rd scoring man to add further depth to the squad placing 122nd with a time of 23:37. Not too far behind Omar was Gildardo Baltazar finishing in 126th place with a time of 23:41. Rounding out the team score was Bulmaro De Alba finishing in 214th place with a time of 25:29. Edgar Gordillo finished in 236th place in 26:11. Dimitri Lombera was in 259th place in 27:05. Leonardo Velasco placed in 227th with a time of 28:45.
The Condors will be gearing up next for the Bakersfield College Invitational on September 22nd at the Kern County Soccer Complex.
Condor Men’s Soccer Plays to 2-2 Draw against PCC
September 12, 2017—Oxnard
The defending WSCN champs hosted the Pasadena Lancers on Tuesday afternoon. PCC played a strong contest, with the game ending in a tie, 2-2.
Pasadena scored first, at the 26th minute. OC was able to equalize seven minutes later on a PK converted by freshman Adolfo Magana.
Right before halftime, PCC capitalized on a broken play in Oxnard’s goal area, to take a 2-1 lead.
The second half saw the momentum shift to the Condor’s favor. Oxnard possessed the ball for the majority of the half, and in minute 68, freshman Benjie Garcia (pic) was able to strike for a hard goal in traffic.
The Condors were unlucky to miss several golden opportunities near the end of the game, but Pasadena’s defense held. OC’s record is now 3-1-1 and they will travel to Cerritos College (2-0-3), Friday at 4:00.
Condors Rebound in the SeaBreeze Tourney
Playing back-to-back games on consecutive days is tough on any soccer team. Playing three games on three consecutive days is off the charts. That is what the Oxnard College Women's soccer team did over the weekend, going unbeaten during the tough stretch that saw them play in warm weather and with a short bench during some games.
On Friday afternoon, the Lady Condors played at West Los Angeles College in Culver City. Despite playing in 90-degree weather at kickoff and being down 1-0, the Lady Condors dominated the rest of the way, winning 5-2. Sophomore Michelle Pena scored three goals, while freshmen Stephanie Rodriguez and Kirsten Bergseth each tallied a goal. Freshmen Tiffany Alvarado made eight saves in goal.
Sixteen hours after the competition of the West L.A. game, the Lady Condors squared off against Sacramento City College, kicking off the annual Seabreeze Tournament at Oxnard College. After being down 1-0 in the first half after Sacramento converted a penalty kick, Oxnard College equalized when Stephanie Rodriguez scored in the 69th minute off an assist from Michelle Pena. The Lady Condors dominated the rest of the second half, but could not put score and had to settle for a draw.
With only three subs available on a warm Sunday afternoon, the Lady Condors defeated College of the Sequoias 3-0. Goals were scored by Michelle Pena (17th minute), freshmen Stephanie Salcido (60th minute), and Kirsten Bergseth (68th minute). The back-line of Lizet Vazquez, Linda Miranda, Faith Erickson, and Kenya Saucedo limited College of the Sequoias to only seven shots on goal. Freshmen goalkeeper Kayla Simmons pitched the shutout.
Head coach Gabriel Gonzalez was pleased with what his team did over the three-day period.
"I'm happy we got the victory (Sunday). I thought we played well. We had a slow start. It's no surprise because we had three games in a row and the girls are not only physically tired, but mentally tired as well. We demanded a lot from them over the past week. We're trying to better them and they responded well. I'm glad we got the win. We've shown tremendous improvement every single game. So we want to keep building."
The Condors continue non-conference play on Tuesday, September 5th, when they host Glendale College. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Condor's Nest.
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Condor Men’s Soccer Flying High Again
August 30, 2017—Oxnard
With last year’s WSC North Championship and CCCAA Final Four appearance in the rear view mirror, Oxnard College Men’s Soccer began their quest at state champion Mt. SAC on Saturday. The 3-0 defeat was a good reminder that repeated success will take a huge effort.
The Mounties held OC to only four shots on goal, while scoring three of their own. Head Coach Ross Greaney commented, “They play a very high level of soccer and we need to be more organized.”
The Condors took Greaney’s words to heart while hosting Santiago Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.
After freshman Alex Estrada put Oxnard up 1-0 at the eight-minute mark, OC began to possess the ball. They allowed Santiago Canyon’s Shawn McNichols to equalize the score ten minutes later as he snuck in behind the Condor defense.
The Condors had several chances, but remained patient. Sophomore defender Conor Daly came through with the winning goal, early in the second half.
Santiago Canyon played with urgency toward the end of the game, but Oxnard was able to show why they have developed into a perennial top team in the state.
The win evened OC’s record at 1-1, with a tough test coming at College of the Canyons next Tuesday at 7:00.
Oxnard W. Soccer off to Slow Start
The young Condors have fallen in their first two contests, 3-0 to Santa Monica and 11-0 to 5-time state champion Cerritos College.
With limited subs in the first game, the Condors had their chances. Sophomore forward Michelle Pena hit the crossbar, with Stephanie Rodriguez, Leti Diaz and Stephanie Salcido all coming close to finishing plays.
Unfortunately, OC did not convert and fell 3-0 to a very complete SMCC squad.
Yesterday, the Condors were simply overmatched. The state champion Cerritos Falcons scored 11 goals on Oxnard.
“This is an opportunity to come closer as a team. We cannot be defined by this game, and in the bigger picture, this game provides us a map of where we need to go,” commented Head Coach, Gabriel Gonzalez.
The Condors will be playing at West LA on Friday at 4:00, followed by two games in the annual Sea Breeze tourney Saturday and Sunday.
Briana Valencia Wins the Third Annual OC Invitational
Sophomore standout Briana Valencia (left) cruised to the top spot at the third annual OC Cross Country Invitational. Valencia recorded a PR of 18:29, outpacing Angelica Salas (Glendale) by nearly 13 seconds.
The Condors finished in third place with 64 points, trailing only Glendale (40) and first-place Canyons (38).
Freshman Abigail Rivera ran a great race, finishing with a time of 20:21, to come in second for OC. Tania Chacon scored a 23rd place, with a time of 22:12, while Clara Hernandez wasn’t far behind at 22:36. Finishing four places behind Hernandez was Vanessa Garcia at a 24:58 pace, and rounding-out the Condor’s squad was Elba Garcia at 28:44.
The third place finish was the best ever for Oxnard at their own event, and should give the women confidence to carry into the rest of the season.
The men ran in the 4-mile contest at 11:00, with the all-freshman Oxnard squad finishing in sixth place.
Juan Martinez (left) ran a strong race, in a solid field to lead OC with a time of 21:45, and finish in 13th place. Teammate Gildardo Baltazar was a solid number two harrier, at 22:31, good enough for 23rd. Bulmaro De Alba came through with a time of 23:19, in 40th place. Edgar Gordillo and Dimitri Lombera finished in 57th and 58th positions, with times of 24:55 and 24:59, respectively.
The young Condors showed well for their first collegiate 4-miler, and will surely adapt quickly to the competition.
Oxnard College Tabs Erin Lawley as Full-Time Head Softball Coach and Instructor
August 18—Oxnard, CA
The Condors announced the hiring of Erin Lawley as the first Full-Time Head Softball Coach in Oxnard College history. Lawley will be the first female head coach and takes over for Todd Prieto. Coach Prieto will remain with the program as an assistant coach, as will Edna Gutierrez. “I would like to thank both Coach Prieto and Gutierrez for stabilizing our program and their continuing effort to make OC Softball into a destination for local athletes,” said Athletic Director Jonas Crawford.
After seven successful seasons as a high school softball coach and six more at the competitive travel ball level, Coach Lawley took on a new challenge and accepted the assistant softball coach position at NCAA Division II Dominican University of California. She returned to the high school arena last fall, where she helped put Sir Francis Drake High School back on the map. After a six-year post-season drought, the Pirates not only earned a post-season berth but prevailed through playoffs into the Section semifinals.
Lawley was also the Head Coach of Tamalpais HS in Mill Valley for their first North Coast Section Division three title in school history (2014). Her tenure was highlighted by a 2013 varsity team trip to Cuba where they went 3-0.
Coach Lawley has also coached many travel ball teams including the Napa Valley Express (14-16U), Novato Heat (14U), and Marin Blue Angels (16U).
Crawford added, “We are excited to add such a dynamic coach and instructor to our staff in the Condor’s Nest. This is the first full-time coaching position we have hired since 1997, and I’m blessed to have a great administration that values what athletics and kinesiology bring to our College.”
In addition to Softball, Lawley has been teaching a myriad of classes at Tamalpais HS, from Physical and Health Education, including sections in CPR and First Aid. After securing the position, Coach Lawley commented, "I am really looking forward to sharing my passion about health, nutrition, and fitness with the Oxnard College community and helping to put Condor softball on the map. I want to thank President Dr. Azari, Dean Dr. Gonzalez, and Athletic Director Jonas Crawford for their support and allowing me this amazing new and exciting opportunity."
Condors Flying to Professional Baseball
Frankie Tostado was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 19th round of this year’s MLB Draft. After a terrific workout in AT&T Park, where he showed off his power and athletic ability, the Giants picked him with the 576th pick.
Last year for the Condors, Tostado batted .333, and was fifth in the WSC with 10 home runs. Frankie showed what he could do while concentrating on just one sport. At Camarillo HS, Tostado played football and baseball, but excelled with excellent coaching in the Condors Nest.
Darius Vines was a three-sport athlete at St. Bonaventure, and showed tremendous ability for the Condors on the mound as a freshman. So much so, that the Chicago Cubs selected Vines in the 27th round on Wednesday.
Vines was second in the WSC in strikeouts with 95 and third in ERA at 1.94. He was named WSC 1st Team for his efforts, leading the Condors in wins with four.
Darius was also impressive as a shortstop for OC, playing in the field on days when he wasn’t pitching.
Mario Sermeno Commits to Bethel College; Nominated for VCSHOF Male Athlete of Year
Mario Sermeno has committed to play soccer for NAIA Bethel College in North Newton, KS. Mario came to Oxnard from High Point H.S. in Beltsville Maryland. He helped the Condors win a CCCAA State Championship in 2015 and a third-place finish in 2016. Sermeno garnered the WSC Player of the Year, while helping the Condors to their fifth straight WSC Championship. Mario was recently nominated as the Male Athlete of the Year for Oxnard College going into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
Oxnard College Women’s Soccer Standout Signs with Morningside
Anna Heath has signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Heath was a WSC North First Team selection who anchored the Condor defense for two years. She attended Pacifica HS, and plans to major in Psychology at Morningside.
Anna had this to say, “I feel like a Pegasus…A Mustang with wings! I’m really looking forward to playing for Coach Maxon, but I had a great time at OC and all my Condor teammates helped me get to this point. I couldn’t have done this without great coaches and a support system.”
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