Men’s soccer shuts out undefeated Oxnard

Despite collecting a few cards and some unlucky fouls, Mounties held the Condors scoreless


Joshua Sanchez

Forward Andrew Vazquez (14) presses past defenders off an assist from forward Hunter Devlin (5) on Sept. 27 against the Oxnard Condors at home.

Few teams can maintain enough star power and coaching to remain as dominant as Mt. SAC’s soccer has been.

The CCCAA state champions locked in another win against the Oxnard Condors at home on Sept. 27.

Although the team dropped two away games early, to American River in a narrow 3-2 loss and to the Texas based Richland in an overtime heartbreaker 2-1, Mt. SAC was determined to remain undefeated at home.

This was felt immediately when forward Andrew Vazquez (14, sophomore) scored in the first five minutes of the match off an assist from freshman midfielder Jason Garcia (23).

Forward Andrew Vazquez (14) chases down the ball to maintain possession on Sept. 27 against the Oxnard Condors at home. (Joshua Sanchez)

A half hour in, sophomore midfielder Alex Mendez (10) scored off of forward Frank Gonzalez (12, freshman)’s assist.

While the half ended with forward sophomore Hunter Devlin (5) getting a yellow card, Oxnard was unable to capitalize on the numerous fouls called against Mt. SAC.

The later half saw Vazquez assist forward Edward Castro (11, sophomore) in the final goal of the game. Castro, who had ended last season as the college’s sixteenth athlete to ever win the state’s Athlete of the Month award and first men’s soccer player from the college to do so, forced pressures against the Condors all game long.

Forward Edward Castro (11) dribbles the ball forward while forwards Andrew Vazquez (14) and Hunter Devlin (5) remain in the play to assist him on Sept. 27 against the Oxnard Condors at home. (Joshua Sanchez)

The half ended with two more yellow cards against Mt. SAC, with forward Christian Barboza (9) and defender Ricardo Guillen (2, sophomore) receiving yellows in the final minutes of the game.

Throughout this offensive onslaught, sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Cardenas (1) held the Condors scoreless in the 3-0 victory.

With a 7-2 start, Mt. SAC has kept their 5-0 home game streak alive and is prepared for conference matchups to start at home against the Rio Hondo Roadrunners on Oct. 4.