Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to report that they list 83 student athletes from 2019-20 who are slated to transfer to four-year institutions in the fall, as of August 31. Of those transfers, 60 plan on continuing their athletic careers at their new school, most of them with an athletic scholarship. The transferring student athletes will attend 58 different schools in 26 states around the country.
Defense was the name of the game for the 2019 Ventura College women's soccer team as the Pirates had their best season guarding the goal since 2008. VC allowed just 17 goals on the season, a 12-year low, and posted 10 shutouts en route to their 23rd playoff appearance in the program's 24-year history.
The Ventura College women's soccer team received four first team All-Western State Conference nods as voted on by conference coaches last month. Leading the awards was Aracely Castro who was named the WSC Goalkeeper of the Year. She was joined on the first team all-conference list by Yadi Raigoza, Sammy Zanini and Jacky Espinosa. Additionally, VC had a pair of second-team All-WSC nods and two Honorable Mention all-conference awards.
The Pirates' women's soccer team had an outstanding effort Saturday night, playing Santa Barbara even for 120 minutes before falling 4-3 in penalty kicks in the first round of the SoCal Regional Playoffs. Anna Escobar scored the lone goal for the Pirates (12-6-4) in the 65th minute of play, leveling the score at 1-1, setting up the extra time. VC goalie Aracely Castro had eight saves in the game.
The Ventura College women's soccer team has qualified for the post season for the 23rd time n its 24-year existence. The Pirates (12-6-3) have been seeded No. 10 in the Southern California Regionals and will head to No. 7 Santa Barbara (12-6-3) to begin post-season play on Saturday Nov. 23. The Pirates and Vaqueros have already tangled twice this season with SBCC prevailing 2-1 both on Oct. 1 and Nov. 10.
The VC women's soccer team took out a week's worth of frustration on visiting Los Angeles Pierce Friday, placing a 5-0 smashing on the Brahmas in the regular season finale at the VC Sportsplex. Ventura, who had suffered consecutive losses to slide from first to third in the Western State Conference North Divsiion, received two goals and an assist by Jacqueline Rivera and Sammy Zanaini while Jasmine Ambriz also found the back of the net. Goalie Aracely Castro posted her ninth shutout of the season.
On their longest road trip of the season on the heels of dropping a heartbreaking game on Sunday, the Pirates' women's soccer team could not get the offense moving Tuesday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, falling to Cuesta College 2-0. The Pirates had 14 shots in the game with six on goal and Aracely Castro had four saves in the game for VC (11-6-3, 6-4-1). The Cougars scored goals in the 44th and 63rd minutes for the final margin.
In a game that most likely decided the Western State Conference North Division title, the Pirates' soccer team could not overcome a two-goal deficit in their 2-1 setback against Santa Barbara at the Sportsplex on Sunday night. Jacky Espinosa netted the Pirates lone goal in a comeback bid that fell just short. Aracely Castro had four saves in goal.
The VC women's soccer team racked up its best offensive night of the season with a 5-1 victory over visiting Oxnard at the VC Sportsplex on Tuesday night. Jacky Espinosa continued her hot streak with two goals and two assists while Sammy Zanini also notched a pair of scores on the night. Karen Martinez also had a goal as the Pirates (11-4-3, 6-2-1) pulled into a first place tie with Cuesta, two points ahead of Santa Barbara in the Western State Conference North Division race.
The Ventura College women's soccer team kept pace in the Western State Conference North Division race with a 2-0 victory at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria Friday afternoon. Jacky Espinosa scored both goals for the Pirates (10-4-3, 5-2-1), who recorded their ninth shutout of the season.
Ventura College sophomore Anna Escobar scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute to level the score at 1-1, preserving a draw for the Pirates' women's soccer team at Moorpark Tuesday afternoon. VC (9-4-3, 4-2-1) trailed Moorpark following the Raiders' 46th minute goal after a scoreless first half at Raider Pitch.
After holding a slim 1-0 lead for most of the game, the Pirates' women's soccer team saw victory slip away in the 81st minute when host Los Angeles Pierce netted a goal to level the score. VC freshman Jacky Espinosa was not going to let the win get away, however, as she scored a goal, and assisted another in the final minutes of play to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 triumph over the Brahmas Yareli Vasquez and Jacqueline Rivera also scored for VC (9-4-2, 4-2), who ends the first round of Western State Conference play just a point out of first place.
The VC women's soccer team tightened the Western State Conference race Friday night with a 2-1 victory over first place Cuesta at the VC Sportsplex. Natalie Lansberg and Sammy Zanini each scored goals for Ventura (8-4-2, 3-2) as they gave the Cougars their first conference loss. With one game remaining in the first round of WSC play, Cuesta, Santa Barbara and VC remain within four points of each other in the conference standings.
The Ventura College soccer team leveled its Western State Conference record with a 3-0 shutout victory at Oxnard College Wednesday afternoon. Sammy Zanini scored a pair of goals and Aracely Castro posted her seventh shutout of the season in goal for the Pirates (7-4-2, 2-2). VC had 20 shots on the day with 11 on goal compared to two for the Condors.
The VC women's soccer team posted its seventh shutout of the season Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory over Allan Hancock College at the VC Sportsplex. Yareli Vasquez and Anna Escobar netted goals in the victory while Aracely Castro anchored the defense in goal. The Pirates (6-4-2, 1-2) produced 19 shots offensively with nine on frame.
The Pirates' soccer team played well enough to win on Friday night. They had 24 shots against visiting Moorpark at the Sportsplex, keeping up the pressure with 11 on goal. Unfortunately, only one found the back of the net in Ventura's 2-1 loss to the Raiders, who had just two shots in the entire game. Jasmin Ambriz scored the Pirates' lone goal in the third minute of the game, assisted by Jackie Rivera. Moorpark netted scores in the fifth and 58th minutes of the contest.
The Ventura College women's soccer team opened Western State Conference North Division play Tuesday night at Santa Barbara's La Playa Stadium, coming away with a 2-1 setback to the Vaqueros. Sammy Zanini netted the lone goal for VC (5-3-2, 0-1) in the 68th minute. The Pirates had 10 shots in the game with five on goal. Aracely Castro recorded four saves.
The VC women's soccer team traveled over the Grapevine Friday and came home with a 2-0 victory over Bakersfield College. Jasmin Ambriz had a goal and an assist, and Yadi Raigoza also found the back of the net while the Pirates posted their sixth shutout in nine outings this season. Goalie Aracely Castro recorded three saves for Ventura (5-2-2).
For 89 minutes, the Pirates' women's soccer team played even with visiting Citrus College. VC was even a bit unlucky on the offensive end or they could have been ahead. Then in the 89th minute, Citrus had a throw in deep in the Ventura end, and they converted it into a late goal that sent VC to a 1-0 defeat. The goal was just the fourth conceded by the Pirates (4-2-2) all season, and it upset what was another solid performance on the defensive end of the pitch.
The Ventura College women's soccer team traveled to Santa Monica College Friday, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Corsairs. The loss ends the Pirates' (4-1-2) unbeaten games streak at six, the longest such streak to begin the season in at least 10 years. SMC (3-0-2) remained unbeaten with the result.
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 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 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.
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 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 California Community College Athletic Association has announced its state academic awards for 2017-18, and the 2017 Ventura College football, women's cross country and women's soccer teams were all awarded the Scholar Team Award, the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA. These are Ventura's 35th, 36th and 37th Scholar team awards since the program's inception in 1997-98. At least one VC team has earned Scholar Team distinction for 19 consecutive years.
Ventura College sophomore forward Audrey Castillo has signed a national letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic careers at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. The 2018 Western State Conference Co-Player of the Year led the Pirates this past season with 22 goals and 11 assists, helping VC to a 10-7-5 overall record and to the program's 22nd CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs appearance. Ventura finished WSC North Division play at 8-1-1 and in second place.