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Condors Soar over SD Mesa; Advance to Round Three
The Condors managed a huge victory over the Sand Diego Mesa Olympians without their entire starting defense. On Tuesday afternoon, the Condors won 3-1, playing the majority of the game with 11 players. Goalie Sergio Esquivel put on a field jersey and played midfield for the short-handed Condors.
Oxnard was motivated from the start, without seven of their teammates. Fernando Hernandez Puga (pic) played a tremendous game, scoring two goals and assisting on the third. Puga scored his first goal 39 minutes into the contest. Christian Guzman scored a terrific goal through Mesa defenders, on a pass from Puga right before the halftime whistle, to give the Condors a lead.
Mesa pulled to within 2-1 at the 60 minute mark, on a PK by David Venegas. Oxnard was able to respond with the clincher, however, with Puga tucking the ball in the left corner, off a pass from backup goalie Sergio Esquivel.
The 3-1 win will send the Condors to their second straight CCCAA Regional Final. They will play either #2 ranked Rio Hondo or WSC conference rivals, LA Mission. The game will be played at either Rio Hondo or Oxnard College.
The Condors will return to full strength, and should be motivated after the support they received from the great teammates who carried the win today.
Cross Country: 2015 CCCAA Cross-Country Championships
Jannessa Simental capped off her stellar freshman season with a consistent effort placing 93rd in 20:29 on the Women’s 5K course. Her effort was superb, against the best competition in California. She has set the bar high for next year and by placing in the top 100 in California, a great indicator for things to come from Jannessa.
Edgar Costilla was an at-large individual qualifier from Western State Conference competition. He rose to the challenge and advanced to the Southern California Regional Championships and, in turn, advanced into the State Championships. Costilla ran his best a lifetime career best of 22:10 to place 98th overall for the Men’s 4 mile course. Edgar showed his true Condor spirit by competing at the highest level in California.
Oxnard College Men’s Soccer Prevails in Round 1
Without their top scorer Gustavo Navarro and midfielder Mario Sermeno, the Condors managed a gritty 2-1 victory over South Coast Conference Champion Long Beach CC.
Jerry Orozco (left) scored early for Oxnard off of a free kick by Jorge Jimenez in the first few minutes of the game. Oxnard played very well to stave off many good chances by the Vikings in the first half.
OC’s Orozco hit the crossbar on three separate occasions, with the second looking like it crossed the goal line. It glanced off the top bar at an angle inside the goal, at the end of the first half, but the side judge ruled that it did not cross.
Long Beach gained momentum in the second half, with Lalo Garcia absorbing all the shots, and a huge body blow as well. The Condor’s team captain lay motionless for several moments. He shook off the contact and continued his normal terrific defense of the home goal.
In the 85th minute, Long Beach was able to equalize the match.
The game continued in overtime, with the Condor’s breaking through in 20th overtime minute. Raul Gonzalez finished strong lifting No. 6 Oxnard (15-4-3) past No. 11 LBCC for the second straight year.
OC will play Round Two on Tuesday at 2:00 against #14-ranked San Diego Mesa.
Men’s Soccer: Four-Time WSC Champs to Face No. 11 LBCC
The Four-Peat WSC Conference champion Oxnard College men's soccer team received the No. 6 seed for the upcoming Southern California Regional Playoffs and will face No. 11 LBCC in an opening-round game on Saturday (Nov. 21) at 2 p.m.
Oxnard claimed their fourth championship in a row, with a decisive win over Hancock College, last Friday. Ross Greaney claimed his sixth WSC Championship, and an unprecedented fourth in a row.
Oxnard College was 12-3-1 in the WSC and just edged out LA Mission College to earn the title.
Saturday's playoff game will mark the first meeting between the two squads this season, but there is recent postseason history. Last year in Long Beach, Oxnard and LBCC played to a 1-1 draw with the Condors advancing from the first round 4-3 on penalty kicks. And in 2011, the Vikings lost a 2-0 second-round game in Oxnard.
Tickets prices for the contest are set by the CCCAA as follows: $12 for General Admission and $8 for students, faculty, staff, senior citizens age 60 and over, and children under 12 years of age
Condors Win on Last Second Shot
The Condor Men’s Basketball team found a way to ignite the crowd in the Condor’s Nest last night. They led the LA Valley Monarchs by as much as 17 points, and managed to win by two in overtime, 87-85.
OC started the game relaxed, led by Desean Scott’s 21 points and 12 boards. Scott was a sizzling 8-11 from the field, and the only thing that slowed his scoring was late foul trouble.
Oxnard allowed the Monarchs to hang around in the second half, eventually tying the game in the final seconds. LA Valley’s Michael Morrissey made a highlight reel shot to tie the game. He was double-covered, with one of the Condor’s best defenders, D’dante Freeman in his face, but the ball hit nothing but net.
In overtime, Oxnard’s Darius Hamilton and Lonnie Hinchen helped the Condors to a six point lead. LA Valley did not go away, however. Morrissey continued to make shots and tied the game at 85, with 20 seconds remaining.
Sophomore Marte Tyler rose to the occasion. Tyler took the ball past half court, ran the clock down, drove to the 18-foot mark, and nailed the fade-away jumper to win the game.
OC is now 3-1 on the year, and will play LA Trade Tech on December 2nd at 6:00 in the Nest.
Basketball Report: Oxnard Women get First Win
The Oxnard College Women’s Basketball team traveled to LA Harbor College and collected their first win on the young season, 60-51.
The Condors were paced by Marlene Resendiz (pic) with 13 points and 13 rebounds. She was joined by Juliette Marquez with 16 points, and Cindy Galvan with 14 points. Simone Tobin came up huge as well with 12 points and 10 boards.
The Condors saw a 17 point lead in the first half, cut to six points with three minutes to go. OC overcame many turnovers, and the absence of Karrie Franklin and Richell Bequilla, the starting center and point guard, to move to 1-1 on the season.
They play their home opener on November 20th
The Men’s Team earned their second win on the season over a quality LA Harbor squad. OC had a huge game from sophomore Desean Scott (25/15) and Terrance Nunnery (17/5).
The Condors moved to 2-1 on the season and will play their home opener Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00 against LA Valley.
Ticket prices are $5.00 for general admission and $3.00 for seniors and children under 12. All students with an Oxnard College ASG card will admitted free.
Condor Men’s Soccer Remains Tied for WSC Crown
OC Men’s Soccer, seeking their fourth Western State Conference title in a row, got a much needed win at Glendale College Tuesday evening.
The Condors got on the board first. Christian Guzman found the back of the net on a terrific assist by Saul Higuera, 21 minutes into the first half.
The score remained 1-0 until the 72 minute, when Erick Trejo from Glendale scored an unassisted goal, to equalize the contest at 1-1.
In jeopardy of falling out of first place in the WSC with a win by LA Mission earlier in the afternoon, the Condors responded. Joe Hernandez (pic) took a feed from Danny Aguilar, in the 82nd minute of play, and gave the Condors the lead for good, 2-1.
OC finishes their regular season at home on Friday afternoon at 1:00 against Hancock College. LA Mission travels to College of the Canyons, with the conference title in the balance.
Come out to the Nest on Friday and cheer on your Oxnard College Condors.
The Condor Men’s Basketball team opened their season by defeating College of the Canyons, 69-62. Desean Scott led the Condors with 16 points, while Terrance Nunnery had 12.
The men played the last year’s state-runner up, East LA on Saturday, but fell to the Huskies 90-72. The same two Condors, Nunnery and Scott led OC. Nunnery garnered an all-tourney selection with his 16 point effort, while Scott tallied 14.
The OC Women’s Basketball team opened their season on Tuesday evening on the road at LA Trade Tech. The Condors fell 82-62, with Juliette Marquez scoring 18, Richell Bequilla 15, Karrie Franklin nine points and 12 rebounds, and Cindy Galvan nine points.
The Lady Condors will be back in action at LA Harbor on Saturday at 3:00, followed by the men at 5:00.
Oxnard College Runners Advance to State
November 6—San Diego
Oxnard College sent 3 individuals to the Southern California Regional Cross-Country Championships and they produced terrific results.
In the Women’s Race, Jannessa Simental (pic) started in a conservative position coming through the first loop of the course in the middle of the field in 86th place. She then began her surge, picking off her competition dramatically, to place 56th overall. She ran 20:39 for the 5K course, which is a 16 second improvement from the SoCal Preview Meet. Her ultimate goal this season was to qualify for State, and her performance did just that cementing her as the 10th individual qualifier.
In the Men’s Race, Edgar Costilla (pic)and Alejandro Baltazar qualified to the SoCal Championships, as at-large individuals from the WSC Conference Championships. Edgar and Alejandro, similar to Simental’s race strategy, started out conservatively coming through the first loop of the 4 mile course in 114th and 146th place respectively in the 190+ field. Edgar proving consistently to excel on tougher terrain, began his charge through the field on the challenging grassy course. He battled for position all the way to the finish line, placing 74th with a time of 22:22, which was an impressive 53 second improvement from SoCal Preview. After only having just over a year of training and never have competed in high school, Edgar put in a great performance. He earned a qualifying spot to State and will represent the Condors well. Alejandro ran tough placing 122nd in 23:02, which was also a significant improvement from his SoCal Preview performance.
The Condors will now change focus and recharge for the State Championships to be held at Woodpark Park in Fresno on November 21st.
Lady Condors Struggle at Cuesta
October 27—San Luis Obispo
The long journey to San Luis did not bode well for the Lady Condors, as they fell to Cuesta 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cougars caught the Condors napping three minutes into the game, with Brynne Guzman scoring to make the score 1-0. The Condors quickly leveled the score as Michelle Pena took a throw in, dribbled through a number of Cuesta players, and fired a goal into the left hand corner.
Cuesta came out quickly again to start the second half. Gillian Stargensky scored to put the Cougars back on top, 2-1. This goal brought the Condors to life, and they began to put tremendous pressure on Cuesta. Maria Gomez punched through a goal in the 70th minute, on an assist from Yazmin Velazquez. Several minutes later, the Cougars quickly countered and scored the winning goal.
The 3-2 loss put the Condors at 5-6-4 on the season, with their next game at Santa Barbara on Friday night at 7:00.
Men’s Soccer Lead Slips in WSC
October 27—Santa Barbara
OC Men’s Soccer traveled up the coast to play a night game at SBCC on Tuesday at 7:00. The Condors played a hard fought match, but ultimately lost 2-1.
Santa Barbara got on the board 9:00 into the first half and the game stayed that way until halftime. The Vaqueros added to their lead early in the second half, with Kebba Nyang scoring at the 53:00 mark. At 62:00, Gustavo Navarro finally got Oxnard closer, with a goal from the right side. His eighth goal on the season was assisted by Mario Sermeno (4).
Oxnard had many great scoring chances, and controlled the ball most of the game, but were unable to convert. The Condors suffered only their second loss in conference, but remain four points ahead of Santa Monica. They will host third place LA Mission in the Condors Nest on Friday at 4:00.
The Condors Compete at the WSC Conference Championships
October 23—El Monte
In the Women’s race, Jannessa Simental placed 38th in a time of 20:46 for the flat 5K course. While it was not her best performance, it still earned her automatic qualifying spot to the Southern California Regional Championships as an individual. With a strong showing at Mission Bay, she has the opportunity to advance to the State Championships.
In the Men’s race, the Condors were looking to move up in rankings but still placed 12th as they did at the Preview Meet. Sophomore Edgar Costilla led Oxnard College with a solid performance finishing in 45th place with a time of 21:18, for the 4 mile course. His current individual ranking has the potential to earn him an at-large berth for the SoCal Championships depending on the number of qualifying teams. Alejandro Baltazar ran a solid race placing 58th in 21:35. Cesar Fernandez stepped up for the team to become the 3rd scoring man, finishing in 91st place with a time of 22:50. Santiago Jasso, hindered by a minor foot injury, managed to stay with Cesar to the finishing kick, and placed 93rd with a time of 22:55. Eric Navarrete and Leopoldo Vaca also battled each other all the way to the finish placing 102nd (23:16) and 103rd (23:17) respectively. Oscar Cisneros ran a tough race and was 7th man for the team placing 119th with a time of 24:44. Angel Juarez placed 124th in 25:39.
Next up, the Condors will gear up for the Southern California Championships to be held at Mission Bay Park in San Diego on November 6th.
OC Defeats Citrus to Maintain Lead
The Condor Men’s Soccer team traveled to Citrus College on Friday afternoon and came home with a 4-0 win. The victory helped OC maintain a seven point lead over Santa Monica in the WSC race.
Gustavo Navarro (pic) opened the scoring for the Condors at the seven minute mark…And the 19 minute mark…And the 78 minute mark. Navarro notched a hat-trick for Oxnard, with assists by Mario Sermeno and Saul Higuera.
Sophomore captain, Fernando Hernandez Puga added a goal as well. Navarro didn’t want to be left out of any Condor scoring plays as he assisted on the goal by Puga, in the 70th minute of the contest.
The Condors defense returned to the shutout column, only allowing the Owls four shots, and two on frame.
Oxnard travels to Santa Barbara CC on Tuesday at 7:30 to face the Vaqueros.
Lady Condors edged out by Pierce
October 23—Woodland Hills
The Oxnard College Women’s Soccer team played the number-two ranked Pierce Brahmas tough again. They fell 1-0, after settling down, and allowing no goals in the first half.
Freshman goalie, Shelby Aasen played well, allowing only one goal while facing 11 shots. Several Condor defenders suffered injuries in the physical contest, but OC’s depth was evident. They kept the game close and had several opportunities to score late in the game.
OC looks to get back in the win column on Tuesday. They travel to San Luis Obispo to face Cuesta College at 4:00.
Condors Extend Lead in WSC
The Oxnard College Men’s Soccer team is on a mission to win their fourth Western State Championship in a row. They moved a step closer by beating second-place Santa Monica 2-1, in a tough battle Tuesday afternoon.
Lalo Garcia came up huge for the Condors, saving two PK’s to seal the victory. OC was called for a tripping penalty in the box. Garcia saved the first blast, but was called for coming off the goal line; a seldom called infraction. As always, he was up to the task again, and saved the second shot by Santa Monica.
The scoring came quickly in the first half, with OC getting on the board first. Christian Guzman (pic) laid a beautiful pass with his heal, to a cutting Jorge Jimenez at the 29:00 mark. Thirty seconds later, the Corsairs responded with a goal of their own by Giovanni Gomez, to equal the score at 1-1. The winning goal was scored by Guzman, with an assist from Matias Lopez. Guzman took the pass and beat several Santa Monic players for a tremendous score.
The win puts Oxnard seven points ahead of Santa Monica, and nine points clear of LA Mission, with 6 games to play. The Condors travel to Citrus College on Friday, with the kickoff scheduled for 4:00.
Condors Fall to Moorpark
The Lady Condors allowed three goals in the first half and three in the second to WSC leading Moorpark. The Raiders have yet to lose a game in conference play.
Oxnard looks to get back on track tomorrow at LA Pierce. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 in Woodland Hills.
Lady Condors Drop Non-Conference Game to Moorpark
Oxnard traveled to Moorpark College to play in a non-conference contest to make-up for the Hancock cancelation. OC fell to the Raiders 4-1, with Ishi Dominguez (pic) scoring the lone goal, with Vanessa Vazquez and Reyna Garcia assisting.
The Condors had plenty of chances in the first half, but were unable to convert. The Raiders led at half 1-0 and opened the game up with three more in the second half.
OC has a chance for redemption when they play in the regularly scheduled WSC match tomorrow at 4:00 at MC.
Oxnard Men’s Soccer Bounces Back against Moorpark
The WSC leading OC Men’s Soccer team got back to their winning ways on Friday. The Moorpark Raiders came into the Nest playing better as of late. The Condors did not take them lightly and they were patient in the first half. They controlled the action, but were extremely cautious with Moorpark. The score was level after 45 minutes, with OC unable to convert several quality chances.
Oxnard continued to poses the ball in the second half and their patience finally paid off. Jorge Jimenez (pic) drew a penalty on the goalie in the box at the 51:00 minute mark. He converted the PK to put OC up 1-0. Ten minutes later, freshman striker Joe Hernandez played a ball around the goalie and walked in Oxnard’s second score.
The 2-0 result was exactly what the Condors needed. They host second-place Santa Monica CC on Tuesday at 4:00. OC’s lead over the Corsairs is four points, and their overall record in the WSC is 7-1-1.
Cross Country: Mt. SAC Invitational
October 16—Walnut, CA
The Condors competed at the famous Mt. SAC Invitational and produced good performances all around before heading to conference competition.
In the Women’s race, Jannessa Simental put in another impressive race staying consistent in the pace on the hilly course ran 20:07 which was good for 35th place overall. Her season so far indicates she ready to step up going into postseason.
In the Men’s race, OC placed 12th out of 18 scoring teams which also put them ahead of conference rival Santa Barbara (18th place). Individually, Edgar Costilla (pic) excelled in the hills led the team placing 53rd with a time of 22:47. Freshmen Alejandro Baltazar was the 2nd scoring man in 81st place in 23:20. Santiago Jasso staying consistent as the 3rd scorer for the day placed 110th with a time of 24:13. Cesar Fernandez, the 4th OC runner, placed 125th in 24:49. Leopoldo Vaca went out aggressive with his teammates but managed to be the number 5 scoring man in 132nd place with a time of 25:18. Oscar Cisneros, our 6th man for the day, placed 137th in 25:29. Eric Navarrete was our 7th man placing 145th in 25:58. Sophomore Angel Juarez placed 167th in 28:21.
Up next, the Western State Conference Championships will be held on October 23rd hosted by West Los Angeles College at Legg Lake Park in South El Monte.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer Fall: Tough Day for OC
October 13—Santa Maria/Ventura
The Oxnard College Men’s Soccer team hadn’t been beaten in WSC Conference play since September 2013. The Allan Hancock Bulldogs defeated OC on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 5-2. The Condors’ streak ended at 38 games, as did their WSC shutout streak at seven games.
The game was a hard-fought match with OC striking first. Hancock matched goals with Oxnard, to make the contest 2-2 at the half. The Condors were unable to convert an early second-half penalty kick, and shortly after, Hancock scored on a PK of their own. Oxnard was unable to regroup, and allowed two more goals at the end of the game.
They look to start a new winning streak on Friday against cross-county rivals, Moorpark College at 4:00 in the Condors Nest.
The OC Lady Soccer squad looked to end a long drought against VC, but were turned away Tuesday night. They fell 3-0 to the Pirates in the VC Sportsplex.
Both teams seemed fairly even-matched, but the young Condor squad looked hesitant at times. They misplayed several balls, and the Pirates took advantage. They scored in the 12th minute of the game. The goal seemed to give VC confidence, and raised questions for OC.
The Lady Condors battled, however, with great scoring chances for Michelle Pena, and several other Condor forwards.
The backbreaker came right before the end of the first half, with the Pirates capitalizing on a rebound, to slip the ball past OC goalie Shelby Aasen. The 2-0 deficit was too much for OC, who eventually gave up one more goal early in the second half. The Condors did not give up, but were unable to score.
They will get a chance for much needed power points when they travel to Moorpark this Friday at 2:00 to play a non-conference game against a WSC foe. The game is a make-up for an opening created by Hancock College not fielding a team this year.
Condors Continue to Soar
38 and counting…The OC Men’s Soccer team is now unbeaten in 38 straight games after their dominating performance against Glendale CC on Friday afternoon.
The Condors possessed the ball for the entire game, and still haven’t given up a goal in WSC play.
Jerry Orozco scored at the 12 minute mark, on a free kick to put OC up 1-0. Jorge Jiminez blasted a beautiful shot from distance, to the top-right corner to put Oxnard in front, 2-0 at the 33 minute mark. Shortly after, Joe Hernandez (pic) converted a header to extend the lead to 3-0. Hernandez added another quick give-and-go goal several minutes later.
In the second half, OC got some fresh legs into the game and Fernando Puga scored one more to finish off the Vaqueros, 5-0.
Lalo Garcia and Sergio Esquivel combined for the shutout as OC extended their lead in the WSC to five points. The Condors will travel to Hancock College on Tuesday to take on the Bulldogs at 4:00.
Men’s Soccer Remain Unbeaten in WSC
October 6—Santa Clarita
Oxnard College Men’s Soccer traveled to College of the Canyons Tuesday night for an important WSC Conference matchup.
Three important conference points at stake and a large crowd made for a very heated atmosphere. Oxnard controlled possession throughout, but could not find the breakthrough as Canyons defense thwarted many attacks.
Canyons also provided some dangerous counterattacks that Oxnard had to remain alert to handle. "The game was played at a very high pace under the lights with the crowd screaming. Although I was pleased with some of our midfield play, a draw was probably a fair result as we didn’t do enough in the final third,” said Head Coach Ross Greaney after the game.
A tie earned the Condors one point in the conference to remain on top, three points clear of Santa Monica. Their unbeaten streak climbed to 37 straight matches.
Oxnard heads home to continue WSC play with a 4:00 pm kickoff against Glendale College this Friday, Oct 9th.
Lady Condors Notch Tie against SBCC
After 90 minutes of play in the Condors Nest, the Oxnard College women’s soccer team did not give up a goal. They didn’t score any goals either (0-0) either, but not because they had no chances.
Michelle Pena had a 1 on 1 with the goalie in the firs half, but was turned away. Santa Barbara’s goalie made an outstanding save on a blast by Nana Lopez late in the second half. Elaina Crenshaw had an open look at goal, but her shot sailed just wide. “We clearly had some quality chances to score,” replied head coach Bill Propster after the game. “We played hard, and our defense played great again. We will keep working on generating some goals.”
The tie was a good result for the Condors against a tough Santa Barbara (ranked ninth in the state) squad. OC is now 1-1-1 in the conference and 5-1-4 overall. Shelby Aasen and the Oxnard defense have only given up one goal in three conference games. Anna Heath (pic) and the rest of the defenders had a great game for the Condors, with Aasen looking more comfortable each game, knowing she has a solid team in front of her.
Oxnard has a bye on Friday, and will travel to cross-county rival Ventura College on Tuesday at 6:00 pm, hoping to snap a 15-year streak.
Cross Country: WSC Preview Meet
The Western State Conference Preview Meet returned to OC, and the Condors excelled on their home course.
In the Women’s Race, Jannessa Simental put in another impressive performance setting a new personal best of 20:18 for the 5K course, placing 25th overall in the conference. She was very pleased with the result and it is a good indicator of things to come as the season draws nearer to postseason competition.
In the Men’s Race, Alejandro Baltazar (pic) led the Condors again placing 53rd in 22:16. Santiago Jasso, consistently putting in solid efforts this season, was just behind his teammate in 63rd place, with a time of 22:34. Edgar Costilla was 68th place with a time of 22:38, which was an improvement from his performance from the Condor Invitational in August. Leopoldo Vaca, continued to get stronger, and was OC’s 4th scoring man in 93rd place in 23:48. Oscar Cisneros was OC’s final scoring runner in 96th place, at 23:59. Eric Navarrete was the 6th man in 98th place with a time of 24:09. Cesar Fernandez had a tough race placing 110th in 25:21. Angel Juarez ran his best race for the season so far placing 113th in 26:08.
Next up, the Condors will compete at the Mt. SAC Invitational on October 16th before heading into the WSC Championships.
Women’s Soccer: Oxnard Beats Cuesta
The Lady Condors got back on track with a 1-0 win over WSC foe, Cuesta College, on Friday afternoon.
After a tough loss to top-ranked Pierce, OC bounced back and controlled the entire game against the Cougars. The first half saw Oxnard dominate the ball in Cuesta’s half of the field. The Condors had nine shots on goal, with two of them striking the crossbar, and another finding the back of the net.
Sophomore, Joanna Lopez (pic) crossed a perfectly placed ball for Yazmin Velazquez, to head it home. The goal came at the 11:00 mark of the game, and OC never looked back. They created many chances, but Cuesta’s goalie, Micaela Lewis, was too tough. Lewis kept Cuesta in the game, but they had no answer for OC’s stingy defense and overall team speed. In goal for the Condors, Shelby Aasen recorded her fourth shutout of the year.
The win puts OC in third place for the young WSC season, with a tough match-up against SBCC on Tuesday. Game time is set for 4:00 in the Condors Nest, with no charge for admission.
OC Men’s Soccer Win in Battle of WSC Unbeaten
The Condors continue to pile up the WSC wins (5-0). After taking down LA Mission on Tuesday, 3-0, OC remained on top the WSC conference. Oxnard now has not lost a WSC game in 36 straight matches.
LA Mission was 3-0 in conference coming into the game, and ranked very high in the state. The dominant Condors systematically beat LA Mission, with two goals by Raul Gonzalez (left), both coming from assists by Jerry Orozco. For good measure, Gustavo Navarro added an insurance goal in the 71st minute.
The win put OC at 5-0 in WSC play and 7-1-2 overall. They are climbing the RPI ranking, and are currently at #6 in the state. OC has yet to allow a goal to WSC opponents, and get a well-deserved bye on Friday. They will be back in action October 6th when they travel to play College of the Canyons.
Women’s Soccer Loses Tough Game
Two undefeated teams matched up Tuesday afternoon in the Condors Nest to begin WSC play. The visiting LA Pierce Brahmas and OC Condors had identical 4-0-3 records coming into the game, and the Brahmas were ranked number two in the state. After a tight battle all game, it was unfortunately decided by a penalty call, giving Pierce the 2-1 win.
Pierce got on top early with a nicely played goal by Angela Verduzco, only five minutes into the game. After chances on both sides, Condor striker Maria Gomez (left) slipped past the Pierce goalie and finished, to tie the contest 1-1.
After a physical 75 minutes, a Brahma player appeared to fall down in the box, but a penalty kick was awarded. The Pierce forward hit a low hard shot that OC goalie, Shelby Aasen tipped, but found the net.
The young Condors will need to regroup quickly as they host the Cuesta College Cougars Friday at 4:00.
OC Harriers Finding their Way
September 25—Huntington Beach
The Condors continue to gain experience as they roll through the Golden West Invitational at Central Park in Huntington Beach.
In the Women’s Race, Jannessa Simental (left) was the sole representative again for the Lady Condors in this year’s Invitational. Coming off a conservative performance from last week, Simental experimented with the pace by going out faster in the beginning, but the field ended up being a little more aggressive than anticipated. She struggled to maintain position in the second half of the race, but still managed to pull off a respectable 35th place finish with a time of 21:14. Although slightly disappointed with the outcome, she brushed it off by turning this race into a positive learning experience as she moves forward in the season.
In the Men’s Race, Oxnard placed 13th out of 16 schools and continue to change it up individually. Edgar Costilla (right) leading the way again placed 64th in 23:13. Santiago Jasso putting in another solid effort remained the 2nd finisher for the Condors just behind Edgar in 69th place in 23:19. Alejandro Baltazar, our 3rd finisher once again, placed 82nd in 23:35. Cesar Fernandez managed to be the 4th scorer again as well placing 122nd in 24:34. Freshman Leopoldo Vaca continuing to progress was 5th scoring man in 135th place with a time of 25:09. Sophomore Oscar Cisneros was the 6th man placing 150th in 26:01. Eric Navarrete gained momentum and placed 142nd in 25:25. Sophomore Angel Juarez put in his best performance so far this season placing 161st in 27:27.
Coming up next, the Condors eagerly look forward to the WSC Conference Preview Meet, which will be hosted here at home in the Condors Nest on October 2nd.
Men’s Soccer Takes down Santa Barbara
The WSC champs proved to be too much for nationally-ranked SBCC on Friday afternoon in the Nest.
OC scored early, and made the lone goal by Damian Lopez (left) stand up to win 1-0. Mario Sermeno was credited with the assist off a nice cross in front of the SBCC goalie.
The Condors played strong all game, and created difficulty for the Vaqueros by possessing the ball for long stretches. The strategy wore down Santa Barbara and allowed Oxnard’s talented strikers some great opportunities.
The play of the game was made by team captain Eduardo Garcia. SBCC drew a PK late in the game, and Garcia laid out to his left, and smothered the kick. He earned another shutout in WSC play.
Oxnard is now unbeaten in 35 straight WSC contests, and pushes their season record to 6-1-2. They are back in action next week at LA Mission. Game time set for 2:00.
Oxnard College Soccer Report
September 23, 2015—Oxnard
The Oxnard College Condor Men’s Soccer team has now won 34 straight Western State Conference games. On September 17th, 2013 the Condors fell to Santa Monica, but beat the Corsairs last week for number 33 in a row. They defeated Citrus College Tuesday, by a score of 3-0. The Condor defense, led by sophomore goalie Eduardo Garcia, has not allowed a goal in WSC play this season. They hope to continue the current trends, and claim the WSC crown for the fourth year in a row.
The top-ranked SBCC Vaqueros come to the Nest on Friday to attempt to dethrone OC. Santa Barbara will have to stop WSC Athlete of the Week (http://westernstateconference.com), Gustavo Navarro and striker Joe Hernandez, who lead the Condors with four goals each.
The Lady Condors have also started strong in 2015. They are undefeated in the young season at 4-0-3. They played LA Valley College to a tie on Tuesday afternoon, and have outscored their opponents 21-4. The OC Women’s Soccer team has never won a WSC championship, and although the conference is as tough as ever, with four of the teams ranked in the top 25, the Condors have a great opportunity.
OC’s high-powered attach is led by Michelle Pena (6 goals), Maria Gomez (5), Yaz Velazquez (5), and Julie Garibay (2). The Condors have terrific sophomore leadership in the center of the field with Elaina Crenshaw, Ashley Gutierrez, and Joanna Lopez, who help to control the game. Newcomer Shelby Aasen is a terrific goalie with three shutouts already in the young season.
Oxnard will host their first WSC contest next Tuesday at 4:00 against LA Pierce.
Condors WSC Unbeaten Streak Continues
September 18—Santa Monica
The OC Men’s Soccer team has not lost a game in the Western State Conference in nearly two years. Since the 2013 season, Oxnard is 28-1-5 in the conference and trying for the first ever four-peat in WSC history.
The Condors traveled to Santa Monica on Friday and came away with a 1-0 win against the Corsairs. Gustavo Navarro (So. Hueneme HS) scored the only goal of the game on an assist from Cristian Guzman (So. Oxnard HS-pic).
The OC defense earned their second straight shutout, and look to continue the four game winning streak against Citrus on Tuesday. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 in the Nest.
Women’s Soccer Outplays W. LA for Tie
September 18—Culver City
Sometimes the score does not reflect what occurred in a game. That was the case this past Friday when the Oxnard College Women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against West Los Angeles College.
Sophomore Yazmin Velazquez (Santa Paula HS-pic) scored the first goal of the game on a breakaway in the eighth minute off an assist from fellow sophomore Elaina Crenshaw. The Lady Condors had numerous missed opportunities throughout the rest of the game to score, and were turned away by the excellent play by the West Los Angeles goalkeeper, Monica Stieber.
West Los Angeles’ Ana Sainz Martinez equalized off a set play in the 86th minute on a ball that was headed in past OC goalkeeper Shelby Aasen. Oxnard College ended up outshooting West L.A., 20-2.
The Lady Condors remain unbeaten at 4-0-2. They host Los Angeles Valley College on Tuesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Condors Nest.
Cross Country So. Cal Preview
September 18—San Diego
Oxnard College got an early taste of things to come at the SoCal Preview Meet held in San Diego at Mission Bay Park and will continue to improve as they move closer to the key portion of the season.
In the Women’s Race, Jannessa Simental started off very conservative in the beginning of the race and had to weed through a large field to get into position. She finished an impressive 43rd place with a time of 20:55, which is a seasonal best for her. Gisselle Alcaraz continuing to nurse a sore hip flexor hung tough and finished 137th in 24:11 improving from last week’s performance. The Lady Condors are still without a couple of athletes to be added to the roster soon.
In the Men’s Race, the Condors gave a decent performance but can be improved upon finishing 25th out of 30 schools just ahead of conference rivals Antelope Valley (26th) and behind Moorpark (23rd). Individually, Sophomore Edgar Costilla (pic) led the way once again for Oxnard finishing just outside of the top 100 in 105th place with a time of 23:15. Santiago Jasso put in a strong performance moving up in position among the team to be the 2nd scoring man for the day placing 122nd in 23:41. Alejandro Baltazar struggled throughout the race ended up being the 3rd scorer placing 132nd in 23:50. Cesar Fernandez bouncing back from last week’s race was our 4th scoring man finished in 156th in 24:43. Eric Navarette put in a surprise performance rising up to the challenging conditions of the course and into the 5th scoring spot for the team placing 177th in 25:41. Oscar Cisneros was 6th man in 183rd place in 26:12 and Leopoldo Vaca had a tough race but managed to hang close just behind Oscar in 185th in 26:15.
The Condors will be competing at the Golden West Invitational held at Central Park in Huntington Beach on September 25th.
Men’s Soccer Takes Opening WSC Contest
The OC Men’s Soccer team went across county to start their WSC title defense against Moorpark College. They came away with a 5-0 win over the Raiders.
Sophomore Gustavo Navarro (left) scored two goals for the Condors (3-2-1) who have defeated MC eleven straight contests. Cristian Guzman added a goal, as did Jerry Orozco, and Jorge Jimenez.
The young WSC defending champions are starting to learn to play well with each other, after a grueling non-conference schedule. Oxnard travels to Santa Monica on Friday to take on the Corsairs at 4:00.
Women’s Soccer Dominates Compton
The Oxnard College women’s soccer team has proven it does not need to rely on one player to score all or most of their goals. On Tuesday afternoon at the Condor’s Nest, six different players tallied goals in the Lady Condors’ 10-0 non-conference win over El Camino – Compton Center.
Freshman Michelle Pena (Pacifica HS) opened the scoring for Oxnard College in the third minute, scoring off an assist. Six minutes later, sophomore Yazmin Velazquez (Pic-Santa Paula HS) intercepted a pass, dribbled in and beat the Compton goalkeeper to the right to make the score 2-0 for the home team.
Oxnard’s offense sputtered during the middle of the first half, but picked up towards the end. Freshman Maria Gomez (Channel Islands HS) scored off an assist from Yasmin Velazquez in the 35th minute. Two minutes later, sophomore Joanna Lopez (Oxnard HS) blasted a shot from 25 yards that went in off an assist from Gomez.
Michelle Pena was on fire to start the second half, netting Oxnard’s first three goals, scoring in the 47th, 51st, and 57th minutes. Maria Gomez scored her second goal of the game at the 67th minute off an assist from sophomore Vanessa Sanchez (Channel Islands HS). Nine minutes later, freshman Andrea Rios (Channel Islands HS) intercepted a pass, dribbled in, and beat the Compton goalkeeper to her left. Freshman Maryann Espino (Frontier HS) competed the scoring for the Lady Condors in the 81st minute, scoring off an assist from Vanessa Sanchez.
The Lady Condors improved their record to 4-0-1. They continue their non-conference scheduled on Friday with an away game at West Los Angeles College in Culver City. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Lady Condors Stay Unbeaten with Tie at Antelope Valley
The OC Women’s Soccer team moved to 3-0-1 in their pre-conference schedule, with a tie against a tough AVC Marauder squad.
The Condors encountered thunderstorms on the way to the game, and heavy rain when they arrived at the AVC campus. The rain ceased as the game began, but the Lady Condors came out a little sluggish.
There was no score the entire game, thanks to a tremendous performance by OC’s goalie, Shelby Aasen (pic). The freshman from Oxnard HS stopped all six shots on goal, and punched away many other passes into the box. Along with a strong performance from the entire Condor defense, the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Coach Bill Propster was happy with the performance of sophomore Elaina Crenshaw, but noted that his young team needs to start faster and finish more scoring opportunities.
They will have that chance on Tuesday afternoon, when the Condors host El Camino Compton at 4:00 in the Nest.
Oxnard College rallies to defeat Glendale College
The Oxnard College Women's Soccer team has demonstrated they can score early and hold a lead. On Tuesday, they demonstrated they could come back from an early deficit.
Down 1-0 at halftime, the Lady Condors stormed back with three second half goals to defeat the Glendale College Lady Vaqueros 3-1.
Oxnard College started the game sluggish and did not seem to wake up until Glendale College converted a penalty kick midway through the first half. Freshman Michelle Pena (pic) opened the scoring for OC in the 58th minute, scoring off an assist from sophomore Daniela Canales. At the 68th minute, freshman Marcia Gomez scored when a free kick sent into the penalty box from sophomore Juliana Garibay landed in front of the Glendale College goalkeeper, bounced over her head, and hit the crossbar, landing at Gomez's feet, eventually tapping it in. One minute later, sophomore Yazmin Velazquez scored on a diagonal ball from sophomore Elaina Crenshaw.
Oxnard College remains unbeaten at 3-0 on the young season. The next game is on Friday at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
OC Men’s Soccer Levels Record with Win over Fullerton
In the second game of the Mt. SAC Tourney, the OC Condors bounced back with a big win against Fullerton College. After a tough loss to host Mt. SAC on Friday, 3-1, Oxnard took care of business against Fullerton, 3-1.
After falling behind early on a Fullerton penalty kick by Brian Pacheco, Joe Hernandez and the Condors came storming back. Hernandez, a freshman from Ventura HS, was assisted two times by Damian Lopez (Chaparal HS). One goal was a highlight reel bicycle kick, to put OC in the lead for good.
Sophomore team leader, Fernando Hernandez Puga (C.I. HS) put the game on ice for the Condors. It was Puga’s second goal of the tourney, and he received a nice assist from Matias Lopez.
The Condors host Taft College on Friday at 4:00 in the Nest. It will be the last game of their non-conference schedule, and look to finish 2-1-2. OC will travel to cross-county rival Moorpark College on September 15th to take on the Raiders at 2:00 pm.
Women’s Soccer on top of the Pack after Seabreeze Tourney
September 5 & 6--Oxnard
If this weekend was any indication of how the 2015 season could go for the Oxnard College Women's Soccer team, it could be a fun ride.
The Lady Condors swept both games in the annual Sea Breeze Tournament this past weekend to kick off the 2015 campaign. In the first game on Saturday, the Lady Condors defeated Victor Valley College 5-1. After a key save by goalkeeper Shelby Aasen about 20 minutes into the first half, Oxnard College carried that momentum to mostly dominate the rest of the way. Sophomore Yazmin Velazquez tallied the first goal of the season for the Lady Condors in the 25th minute, scoring on a pass from freshman Alisha Dominguez. Oxnard College added another goal 10 minutes later when sophomore Julianna Garibay converted a penalty kick. Garibay converted another penalty kick 10 minutes into the second half, beating the Victor Valley goalkeeper to her right. At the 65th minute, freshman Maria Gomez scored off an assist from freshman Michelle Pena. Gomez culminated the scoring for the Lady Raiders five minutes later, scoring off an assist from Joanna Lopez.
On Sunday, Oxnard College jumped out to an early lead, eventually defeating College of the Sequoias 2-1. Freshman Michelle Pena opened the scoring for the Lady Condors in the 37th minute, winning possession of a turnover and slipping the ball past the College of the Sequoias goalkeeper. Oxnard College scored again three minutes later when sophomore Yazmin Velazquez headed in a cross from the freshman Ashley Hernandez. The Lady Condors ended up with 19 shots on goal and were led by stellar play on defense by freshmen Anna Heath and Ashley Reyes.
As it stands, the Condors are at the top of the RPI state rankings after two games. Oxnard College opens their regular non-conference scheduled at Glendale College on Tuesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Condor Cross Country’s Simental Finishes Strong at Ventura Invite
The Condors competed at their second meet of the season at the Ventura Invitational as they continue to progress and move forward.
In the Women’s race, Oxnard fielded two women for the race and both produced respectable marks. Jannessa Simental continues to lead the way for the Condors in impressive fashion placing 4th in the race on the challenging 5K course in a time of 22:45. Gisselle Alcaraz debuted for her freshmen season after missing last week’s home Invitational due to nursing a sore hip flexor put in a solid effort placing 11th overall in 25:14. In the coming weeks, the Lady Condors look to eventually represent as a scoring team with newcomers Denise Magaña, Ana Chavez and Abigail Rivera as they add depth to the squad throughout the season.
In the Men’s race, Oxnard placed a solid 4th out of the 6 scoring teams. Oxnard managed to beat Santiago Canyon as well as Moorpark this time around after the Raiders narrowly beat the Condors last week. The Men’s team also placed only 7 points behind 3rd place Ventura. Individually, Edgar Costilla, rose to the challenging course at Arroyo Verde Park and became the Condors’ #1 man for the day finishing 6th place in 24:05 which was a personal best on the course for him. Alejandro Baltazar was close behind Edgar in 9th place with a time of 24:17. Santiago Jasso was our 3rd scorer placing 23rd in 25:50. Leopoldo Vaca stepped up to be the 4th scorer placing 29th in 26:50. Oscar Cisneros was the 5th scorer placing 37th in 27:54. Cesar Fernandez had a tough race getting stomach cramps late in the race placed 38th in 28:12 to be the 6th man. Eric Navarrete was right behind Cesar in 38th place with a time of28:24 to round out the Top 7. Angel Juarez placed 42nd in 30:42.
Next up, the Condors will compete at the SoCal Preview Meet which will be held at Mission Bay Park in San Diego on September 18th.
Men’s Soccer Ties State Champs
The WSC Champion Oxnard College Men’s Soccer team probably has the toughest non-conference schedule in California. They opened their 2015 campaign against Cerritos College, the 2014 CCCAA State Champions; the same Cerritos team that bounced the Condors out of the third round of the CCCAA playoffs last year.
The Falcons opened up the scoring in the first six minutes of the game, but the young OC squad did not get down. Freshman Mario Sermeno sliced through the Cerritos defense, and assisted Sophomore Fernando Hernandez Puga for the equalizer. Both teams battled for the rest of the half, with no more scoring.
The second half saw the Condors take the lead, 2-1, with Raul Gonzalez faking out the goalie, and putting the ball in the open net. Cerritos was able to take advantage of a couple OC errors, to score a couple quick goals. They took the 3-2 lead all the way to the 89th minute, when Sophomore Gustavo Navarro place a tremendous ball over the Cerritos wall, and just under the goalie’s outstretched hand, to pull OC even at 3-3.
The back and fourth game ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Condors travel to Santiago Canyon on Tuesday, September 1st to take on another top-notch team.
Condors Host First XC Invitational
Oxnard College hosted their first Cross Country Invitational ever on campus on August 28th, 2015. The small yet competitive turnout between 4 schools, Antelope Valley, Bakersfield, Moorpark and Oxnard (all WSC schools) produced the success it needed for its ultimate purpose serving as a catalyst for new editions of the Invitational for years to come.
In the Women’s Race, only two schools had complete teams to score in the team competition. Antelope Valley was second scoring 42 points and Bakersfield won with a solid 20 points. As for individuals, Oxnard only fielded one athlete for the day, Jannessa Simental, but represented very well in her debut race as a freshman for the Condors. She placed 3rd, with a time of 20:58 for the 5K course just behind Emma Fleming of Moorpark (2nd, 20:26) and winner, Krista Beck of Antelope Valley (19:47).
In the Men’s Race, Oxnard had 8 Men total to fill out the entire squad. Bakersfield also won the Men’s team title in a solid effort, the battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th was much tighter. Oxnard ended up placing 4th with just one point behind Moorpark and 5 points behind runner-up Antelope Valley. Individually, OC’s #1 runner, Alejandro Baltazar, in his freshman year managed to break into the top 10 placing 5th overall in a time of 22:23 for 4 miles. Sophomore Santiago Jasso was the 2nd scorer and almost broke into the top 10 placing 11th in a time of 22:45. Sophomore Edgar Costilla was OC’s 3rd scorer placing 14th in 23:17. Sophomore Cesar Fernandez, the 4th scorer, placed 19th in 23:59. And to round out the final scoring spot was Sophomore Oscar Cisneros placing 24th in 24:50. Freshmen Leopoldo Vaca and Eric Navarrete were 26th (25:08) and 29th (25:38) respectively to round out the Top 7 for the team and our final finisher Sophomore Angel Juarez placed 33rd (27:31)
The Condors will continue to improve throughout the season as they move forward towards the Ventura Invitational held at Arroyo Verde Park next Friday right before Labor Day weekend.
Gabi Gonzalez Named Assistant 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 Lady Condors.
Gabi is the head ladies coach at Hueneme High School as well, so the Condors should be seeing more Vikings coming to play soccer. Coach Gonzalez has worked and coached at several terrific organizations such as Inner Range Youth Academy, Ventura County Fusion, and Monka Soccer Academy.
Gabi brings a nice coaching background with him to OC, but maybe more impressive, is 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.
“We are thrilled to have Gabi come back to where he started,” said OC athletic director Jonas Crawford. “Gabi Gonzalez is a true superstar and OC Alumni. 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 and I’m confident he will help Coach Propster win a WSC Championship as a coach in the near future.”
The Lady Condors will be opening their 2015 season by hosting the annual Sea Breeze Tourney on September 5th-6th. They will face Victor Valley at 10:00 on Saturday, and will play College of the Sequoias at 10:00 on Sunday.
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