Vaqueros soccer shutout Moorpark in playoff opener

Chris Biderman, Chris Biderman, and Chris Biderman

La Playa Stadium has not been friendly to opponents of the City College women’s soccer team, as was the case in Saturday’s Southern California playoff opening shutout to Moorpark College.

The No. 7 seed Lady Vaqueros took the game 3-0 against the WSC Champion Raiders, and continued to dominate at home, where they’ve compiled an 8-0-3 record this season. Moorpark came into the match following its undefeated season, and the team had not allowed opponents to score a goal since Sept. 28.

Kila MacNaughton ended the Raiders shutout-streak in the 16th minute with a goal from the top of the box. She later scored the Vaqs’ third goal with a perfectly timed header off of a high cross from Laura Spivack. Sandwiched between MacNaughton’s goals was Brienna Wright’s chip shot from deep in the box in the 61st minute.

“After the first goal I felt confident that we would win,” midfielder Michelle Oakes said. “We are a better team and we showed it.”

“We wanted to settle it in 90 minutes, and that’s what we did,” head coach John Sisterson said playing against such a quality opponent. “We thought they were weak on the flanks, and we were able to get behind them.”

The team will travel to Norwalk Tuesday to face the No. 2 Cerritos College Falcons, who are coming off of a 3-1 overtime victory over No. 15 Ventura. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

The winner of that match will go on to face the winner of No. 3 San Diego Mesa and No. 11 Cypress on Dec. 1 where the highest seed will host.