The Ventura College women's soccer team is on a roll. Behind great defense by Sammy Zanini, Natalie Lansberg and Aracely Castro, the Pirates posted their fifth shutout in six games in a 1-0 victory over Cerritos College at the Sportsplex Monday night. Jacky Espinosa nailed a 30-yard free kick into the net in the 58th minute for the game-winner and Castro had seven saves in goal in the win, VC's first in the past seven games against the Falcons dating back over a decade.
The VC football team gave up 19 unanswered points in the first half, and were unable to comeback in a 48-24 loss at Saddleback College on Saturday. VC's Terrell Vaughn, who had 109 receiving yards on the night, hauled in a 33-yard score from Dino Maldonado to bring the Pirates to within 8-7 late in the first quarter before the Gauchos went on the run from which the Pirates could not recover. Maldonado passed for 290 yards and a score in the game and Travis Calloway led the defense with 10 tackles.
The VC women's water polo team won a pair of games Saturday at the Cuesta Tournament in San Luis Obispo. The Pirates (3-3) defeated Fresno 17-7 in the first contest of the day before handing Merced a 16-8 loss in the nightcap. Cali Iadevaia led the way with 11 goals and five assists on the day while Raylynn Lipsky scored four times and anchored the defense with 10 steals. Goalie Shayle Barrus turned back 24 shots in the two games in the cage.
The Pirate volleyball team won a pair of matches Friday at the Pasadena Quad hosted at Citrus College in Glendora. VC (4-5) swept Antelope Valley 25-23, 25-11, 25-15 before defeating Citrus on their home court, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19. Kassidy Wilson facilitated the offense with 37 assists on the day and Morgan Gallagher totaled 21 kills in the two contests. Raphaella Rosales anchored the defense with 34 digs for Ventura.
The Ventura College women's cross country team performed four spots ahead of their pre-race ranking, coming in a strong second place at the Southern California Preview meet at San Diego's Mission Bay Park on Friday. Brieanna Tafoya claimed second place in the race out of 209 runners while Olivia Burton was close on her heels in third. The Pirate men placed 25th of 29 competing teams.
The Ventura College volleyball team was unable to repeat their playoff magic of a year ago on their return to Orange Coast College on Wednesday evening. VC, which won a first-round playoff thriller in Costa Mesa last November, fell in a close straight-set contest, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21. Morgan Gallagher had five kills to lead Ventura while Gabby Boado handed out six assists. Gallagher, Raphaella Rosales and Tatiana Rodriguez each recorded four digs defensively.
The Ventura College women's soccer team battled visiting Rio Hondo to a 0-0 draw Tuesday night at the Sportsplex. Aracely Castro had six saves in goal, recording her third shutout in four games played this season. Sammy Zanini and Aleesa Ramirez helped anchor the Pirate defense that has allowed just two goals in five games played. Ventura (3-0-2) is unbeaten in its five games for the first time in at least a decade.
Jasmin Ambriz and Jacky Espinosa combined for a pair of goals and a pair of assists as the Ventura College soccer team concluded its Bay Area road trip with a 2-2 draw at Cañada College in Redwood City Sunday. Ambriz netted a goal in the third minute with Espinoza's assist, and the pair swiched roles in the 83rd minute for VC's second goal.
The Ventura College football team lived up to its SCFA No. 1 ranking on Saturday with a strong 45-7 victory over Orange Coast at the VC Sportsplex. In the season opener for both teams, Ventura amassed 636 total yards offensively, including 314 in the air from quarterback Dino Maldonado and 119 on the ground from signal caller Nevin Yuen. Chuck Wick had 105 rushing yards with a pair of touchdowns and Terrell Vaughn caught eight passes for 116 yards and two scores. Defensive end Cory Owens led the defense with six tackles and a forced fumble.
Things are looking up for the Ventura College men's water polo team. The Pirates came home with a split of four games at the Joe Martinez Memorial Tournament over the weekend at Ohlone College in Fremont. VC defeated De Anza and Las Positas on Friday and Saturday, respectively, to equal their win total from a year ago on the opening weekend this season. Ryan Reardon netted 16 goals for the Pirates (2-2) and Austin Brunk had nine scores.
The Ventura College women's water polo team opened their 2019 season at the Saddleback Tournament, playing against some of the best teams in the state. Despite the 1-3 weekend record, VC battled, including a 10-7 victory Saturday over Orange Coast and an 11-10 overtime loss to defending state champion Sierra in the opener on Friday. Cali Iadevaia netted 12 goals in the four games while Raylynn Lipsky had 16 steals defensively. Shayle Barrus recorded 40 saves in goal over the four games.
The Pirates' men's and women's cross country teams competed primarily against runners from four-year schools on Saturday at the Biola Invitational in Fullerton's Ted Craig Regional Park. The Pirate women were the top-finishing community college team, placing 15th of the 22 competing teams while the VC men came in 18th place overall. Olivia Burton continued to pace the women and Luis Duran moved up to lead VC's men's team in the race.
The Pirate soccer team traveled to the Bay Area Friday, coming away with a 2-0 shutout victory over Evergreen Valley College in San Jose. Karen Martinez and Sammy Zanini each netted scores and Aracely Castro posted the shutout in goal as VC moves to 3-0 on the season.
The Ventura College volleyball team rebounded in the nightcap of Friday's VC Pirate Classic Quad defeating Victor Valley 25-12, 25-12, 25-13 after falling to Imperial Valley earlier in the day at the Athletic Event Center. Morgan Gallagher led VC with 16 kills while Tatum Teel had 15 kills and six service aces on the day. Brooklyn Wallet recorded 11 point-winners while Leslie Perez anchored the defense with 49 digs in the two matches. Kassidy Wilson and Gabby Boado handed out 27 and 25 assists, respectively.
After five long sets and 214 combined points, just four points separated the Ventura College and Pasadena City College volleyball teams Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center. Unfortunately for the Pirates, they came up on the short end for the second straight match, falling to undefeated PCC 25-21, 20-25, 26-24, 23-25, 10-15. Raphaella Rosales had another all-around performance with nine kills, two blocks, 22 digs and 12 service winners to help lead Ventura (1-3).
Persistence paid off for the second straight game for the Pirates' women' soccer team Saturday afternoon. One game after VC (2-0)connected on a game-winner in the 87th minute, the Pirates scored in the 88th minute for a 1-0 result over Hartnell on the final day of the New Balance Community College Classic. Aleesa Ramirez sliced through the defense for Saturday's difference maker and goalie Aracely Castro had three saves, include a crucial diving stop late for the shutout.
On the road for the first time in 2019, the VC volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker in five sets at Golden West College, 19-25, 30-28, 25-13, 13-25, 15-12. Brooklyn Wallet had another solid effort with 11 kills, hitting at a .500 clip, to go along with seven service aces and four blocks. Morgan Gallagher recorded 13 kills and five blocks in the match while Julia Stalker handed out 25 assists with 14 digs. Leslie Perez led the defense with 24 digs.
The Ventura College women's cross country team brought home the big prize Friday, capturing first place at the Ventura Invitational at Arroyo Verde Park. Olivia Burton won the event for the second year in a row, pacing five VC finishers in the top eight spots. The Pirate men, meanwhile, running shorthanded for the second week in a row, came in sixth of eight teams in the men's competition.
On a picture-perfect night, the Pirates' women's soccer team opened their 2019 campaign with a 1-0 victory over San Francisco Thursday at the VC Sportsplex in the New balance Community College Classic. Jasmin Ambriz netted an unassisted goal in the 87th minute to provide the final margin for Ventura (1-0). Goalie Leslie Zuniga had three saves against the Rams to record the shutout victory.
The Ventura College volleyball team split a pair of matches Wednesday at the Athletic Event Center to open the 2019 season. VC (1-1) swept Cuyamaca College 27-25, 25-12, 25-15 in the afternoon contest before falling to San Diego Mesa 25-19, 25-12, 25-22 in the nightcap. Brooklyn Wallet and Morgan Gallagher led the offense with 18 and 16 kills on the day, respectively, while Leslie Perez had 28 digs. Kassidy Wilson handed out 33 assists in the two matches.
The American Baseball Coaches Association is thrilled to announce the over 300 member college and high school programs from across the country who have been awarded the 2018-19 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. For the second straight year, Ventura College baseball is listed among the honored teams from every level of college and high school baseball. VC achieved an overall grade point average of 3.24 for the entire 2018-19 academic year to earn recognition from the ABCA.
Ventura College's men's and women's cross country teams opened the Pirates' 2019-20 athletic year Friday at the Oxnard Invitational. Running on a flat course that was hardened by high morning winds, the women got off to a solid start finishing second in the team competition while the Ventura men came in fifth. Olivia Burton and Brieanna Tafoya led the women, each placing in the top-10 while Nick Villela paced the VC men.
Coming off the historic 2019 season in which the the Pirates claimed their first Western State Conference North Division title in 13 seasons, and in which VC hosted a regional playoff series for the first time in program history, the Ventura College baseball program is proud to announce that 13 Pirates will move on to play at the four-year level in 2020. Five student athletes will compete at the NCAA Division I level, five will transfer to NCAA Division II, two will play NCAA Division III baseball and one will transfer to an NAIA school.
Ventura College football head coach Steve Mooshagian has announced that 31 players from the 2018 SCFA champions have inked scholarships or committed to play at four-year schools. Among the Pirate transfers, 17 have inked with NCAA Division I schools, 12 playing in the Football Bowl Series with five in the Football Championship Series, and 10 are transferring to NCAA Division II schools. With the addition of these transfers, coach Mooshagian has now helped 234 student athletes move on to the four-year level.
The Ventura College Athletics Department was named the 2018-2019 Western State Conference Supremacy Award winner on Thursday afternoon. The Pirates held off district and divisional rival Moorpark College for their second straight win, VC's record-setting 21st overall Supremacy title. Ventura was paced by WSC championships in women's volleyball and beach volleyball as well as men's basketball and baseball. Additionally, the PIrates posted a conference-best 3.24 overall grade point average.
The Ventura College women's basketball team continues to be the most-recognized academic achieving community college women's basketball program in the country, earning its 15th appearance on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll for the 2018-19 academic year. The Pirates earned a combined 3.155 team GPA for the year, placing it 12th on the national list released on Tuesday by the WBCA.
Ventura College Athletics finished in 12th place state-wide in the California Community College Athletic Association standings for the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators all-sports competition. VC finished with 93 points during the 2018-19 academic year. This is the Pirates' 11th finish in state's Top-12 in the 16-year history of the NATYCAA Cup.
Ventura College football and head coach Steve Mooshagian has announced that 27 players from the 2018 Southern California Football Association champions have inked scholarships or committed to play at four-year schools. Among the Pirate transfers, 15 have inked with NCAA Division I schools, 11 playing in the Football Bowl Series with four in the Football Championship series, and eight are transferring to NCAA Division II schools.
Ventura College sophomore TJ Foreman has racked up another award. The Moorpark High School product was awarded the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award for the Pacific Association Division, which includes community colleges in California, Oregon and Washington. The American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods released the award winners last week, and Foreman becomes the second Pirate to attain the honor. Joseph Luna won the award in 2011.
Two former members of the Ventura College baseball team were selected in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Both players selected were pitchers for the Pirates in 2017. Andrew Nardi was selected in the 16th round, 471st overall by the Miami Marlins while Justin Friedman had his name called by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round, the 770th overall pick.