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Vaquero offense, White lead SBCC to big conference win over Cuesta

Forward Mekaylla White (No. 7) celebrates after scoring her first goal of the game against the Cuesta Cougars on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at La Playa Stadium at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif. White scored three of the four goals for the Vaqueros resulting in a 4-1 win for City College.

Mekaylla White lead City College to a huge 4-1 conference win over Cuesta College with her second hat trick of the year. 

The win moves the Vaqueros into sole possession of first place in the WSC North and White increased her goal total to 11 on the season. 

“It feels really good and I’m really excited,” White said. “I just want to keep scoring.”  

Vaqueros midfielder Molly Branigan scored from just inside the 18-yard box 14 minutes into the game. 

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Moments later the Cougars tied the game on a goal by Emma Nushi, but it was all City College from there. 

White scored her first goal of the night in first-half stoppage time on a through ball out of the midfield by Sean O’Brien that put the Vaqueros up 2-1 going into the break. 

“I thought the midfield played very well,” Head Coach John Sisterson said. “We told them to get on the front foot and keep looking to play it forward and that’s what they did.” 

Savannah Mohatt stole the ball from the Cougars and connected with White who was making a run into the box to stretch the Vaqueros lead to 3-1 52 minutes into the game. 

“Savannah contributed a lot to my scoring today,” White said. “She’s just able to look up and see me making those runs and I was able to capitalize.” 

She capped off her night with a goal that the keeper was able to get hands-on but was not able to stop 86 minutes into the game. 

White made her return to the line up this evening after missing a few games with a concussion. 

“I was cleared and I was like ‘I’m ready to go,’” White said after the game. 

With her performance tonight White is now tied for third in the conference for the most goals this season. 

City College also played superb on defense, holding the No. 15 ranked Cougars to zero shots on goal in the second half. 

While Cuesta did keep up with the Vaqueros in the position race the backline for City College cleared away all scoring threats, forcing goalie Savannah Ayers to make just one save all night. 

The win moves the Vaqueros to 8-6-2 overall and 5-1-1 in conference play. 

The loss for Cuesta College drops them to 12-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in conference play. 

“Overall I’m delighted for the girls,” Sisterson said. “I think we’re in a position where we deserve to be.” 

The Vaqueros have just five games left in the regular season and each one of them is a crucial WSC North match up. 

City College will be on the road for its next three games before returning home to face Oxnard at 7 p.m on Nov. 12 at La Playa Stadium.

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