SBCC loses first home game since 2016, Clovis beats Vaqueros 2-1

Mekaylla White charges the ball down field against Clovis Community College on Friday, Sept. 13 2019, at La Playa Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif. O’Brien scored the only point for the Vaqueros in the first half. The Vaqueros lost to Clovis Crush 2-1.

Max Mullins, Staff Writer

The City College women’s soccer team fell to Clovis Community College 2-1 on Friday night, shattering a 24 game home winning streak.

It was the second straight loss against Clovis and the first loss at La Playa Stadium since November 4, 2016, against Ventura.

The defeat drops the Vaqueros to 1-3 on the year, matching their loss total from all of last season in only the first four matches.

City College forward Sean O’Brien scored the first goal of the match in the eighth minute of the first half in which the home team dominated possession.

Midfielder Savannah Mohat was credited with the assist.

The tide of the game did not shift until the final minutes of the first half when a deep kick by a Clovis player sailed over the head of the Vaquero goalkeeper and tied the game.

O’Brien said after the game that the home team got too comfortable after their hot start.

“We slowed down after we scored the goal,” she said. “We need to keep momentum.”

She credited Clovis for their comeback, saying “They took our mistakes and turned them into goals.”

In a back-and-forth second half, the away team struck first, taking the lead with another goal over an hour into the game.

The Vaqueros had several opportunities to tie the game late, including two corner kicks in the final minutes, but they failed to convert the plays into goals.

They took 19 shots to Clovis’s 11, but only drove the visitors to make a save on each attempt.

“We created chances, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” head coach John Sisterson said.

“Unfortunately two mistakes cost us,” he added, referring to the defensive errors that led to the pair of goals by Clovis.

He had a positive outlook following the game, saying that “some of the play was good.”

O’Brien also pointed out some positives, highlighting the team’s ability to find the width and make space.

“We did well moving the ball on the wings,” she said.

Despite the loss, a handful of City College players stood out.

O’Brien looked sharp throughout the game, almost scoring a second goal after making a Clovis defender miss with an impressive move.

Forward Mekaylla White remained one step ahead of the opposing defenders for most of the night. Her mistake was a yellow card that she picked up for contact with a Clovis player.

The Vaqueros currently sit in fifth place in the Western State Conference’s North Division, but they don’t start playing in-conference until September 20 against Santa Monica.

City College will be back in action at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at home against Chaffey College.