Grimaldo hat trick clinches women’s soccer conference title

City College forwards, Sandy Grimaldo (No.13) and Michelle Day (No.2) celebrate after winning the women's soccer conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at La Playa Stadium in Santa Barbara. The Vaqueros beat the Pirates 3-0.

Nicole Wong

City College forwards, Sandy Grimaldo (No.13) and Michelle Day (No.2) celebrate after winning the women's soccer conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at La Playa Stadium in Santa Barbara. The Vaqueros beat the Pirates 3-0.

JONNY WALKER, Channels Staff

City College(9-0-3) dominated from start to finish Tuesday night at La Playa Stadium, shutting out Ventura College(6-1-4) 3-0 to win the Western State Conference North title for the second time in school history.

City College improved it’s perfect home record to 8-0, also becoming the first team to score more than one goal this season against a Ventura squad known for being stout on defense. City College forward Sandy Grimaldo(No.13) had her best game of the year, scoring all three goals to hand the Ventura Pirates their first loss in 2014.

“She creates so many opportunities,” said Head Coach John Sisterson. “She had a tremendous night. She could have had five goals.”

City College looked sharp from the start, creating opportunities and maintaining possession on the Ventura side of the pitch. Their aggression paid off in the 22nd minute when a deflected shot found it’s way to an undefended Grimaldo, who easily beat the Ventura goalkeeper to give City College an early lead.

Ventura nearly tied the game three minutes later. An errant City College pass led to a goal by forward Adrina Palacios, but Palacios was called offside on the play.  It would be the only time Ventura would find the net on Tuesday night.

Grimaldo was back at it in the 30th minute, scoring off of an assist from City College forward Chiara Kehl(No.6). Grimaldo’s shot deflected off of a defender and rolled just past Ventura keeper Katelyn White(No.0). Grimaldo sprinted past the keeper to blast it home from just one yard out, putting City College ahead 2-0 going into halftime.

“The ball was going in so slowly,” Grimaldo said. “I saw the line, and thought ‘Might as well [finish it].’”

City College picked up where it left off in the second half, maintaining possession and milking their two-goal lead. Ventura managed to create the first scoring chance of the half, nearly scoring on a corner kick from Delanie Gavid(No.11). Gavid’s shot nearly found the top right corner, but City College goalkeeper Karin Nordin(No.0) rose to meet the ball and punched it out of the air.

In the 85th minute, Grimaldo scored her final goal on a 50 yard breakaway score. City College midfielder Madison Shaw found Grimaldo streaking down the right side of the pitch, and Grimaldo’s speed was no match for her defenders. She beat them to the box, and then beat the Ventura keeper again to obtain the elusive hat trick.

“The girls have done very well, and I always felt we were the best team in the conference,” Sisterson said. “I’m proud of our team, I’m proud of our coaches, and we’ve had a great season.”

City College will play a final non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, against San Bernardino.