SBCC women’s soccer moves to top of Western State Conference

In Santa Barbara, Calif. At Del Playa Stadium, Forward Brandie Harris shows off her unstoppable quickness against Cuesta, ending in another goal.

Cody Lewis

In Santa Barbara, Calif. At Del Playa Stadium, Forward Brandie Harris shows off her unstoppable quickness against Cuesta, ending in another goal.

Jameson Swain, Channels Staff

City College women’s soccer moved to the top of the Western State Conference North standings following a 6-1 victory over the Cuesta College Cougars Tuesday, Nov. 5, at La Playa Stadium.

With conference leader L.A. Pierce losing earlier in the day, the Vaqueros (11-4-2, 7-1-2) took to La Playa Stadium for the first time in over a month.

During a seven game stretch on the road, Brandie Harris (No. 2) scored 15 goals, making her four goals away from setting City College’s all-time single season scoring record with three games left. She is also the leading scorer for the WSC North.

After the win against Cuesta, she needs only two goals to attain the record.

“I don’t even think of it,” Harris said.  “Individual stats can only get our team so far so I’m focused on wins and getting to playoffs.”

It didn’t take long for the Vaqueros to begin their onslaught over the Cougars. Harris kicked off the scoring just four minutes into the game as she dribbled the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net.

Cuesta answered quickly however as Serena Hughes (No. 5) scored just one minute later to tie the game 1-1.

The Vaqueros sophomore keeper, Brianna Robinson (No. 1), shut out the Cougars for the remainder of the game.  Harris scored her second goal off a one-touch volley from a cross by defender Mackenzie Ross (No. 10).

Vaquero midfielder, Lauren Dickson (No. 14), scored with 15 minutes left in the first half on a rebound shot.  Dickson also had an assist on the fourth goal that Briana Lopez (No. 21) scored with seven minutes left before halftime.

With the Vaqueros leading 4-1 at halftime, head coach John Sisterson put in the reserves to finish the final 45 minutes.

Hannah Martin (No. 6) added a header goal off a corner kick and assisted Astrid Thiel (No. 19) to bring the game to its end score of 6-1.

With the offense clicking on all cylinders, the team plays against Ventura College on Thursday night. The Vaqueros remain focused on taking it just one game at a time.

“The only thing I’m looking forward to is our next game,” Sisterson said.  “A lot of girls had some good times out there and it was all positive tonight.”

The Vaqueros are ranked No. 12 in state finish conference play. The next home game will host Ventura College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at La Playa Stadium.