Justina Silva showed the third time is the charm on Tuesday afternoon at La Playa Stadium as her second-half tally gave SBCC a 1-0 women’s soccer win over Moorpark.
Silva misfired on two golden opportunities in the opening half when the Vaqueros (6-2-3, 2-0-1 WSC North) outshot the Raiders 7-1. In the 51st minute, Linn Viklund delivered a free kick and Silva headed it into the net.
“I went out really wide and was just timing that run,” explained Silva, a freshman midfielder from Hanford, Calif. “I came from the right corner and was able to head it into the right corner of the goal.
“We dominated the field. We were swinging it, we were talking, we were passing the ball and connecting.”
Moorpark (3-7-1, 0-2-0) had more shots in the second half (9-8) but the Vaqueros had more quality chances with four shots on-goal compared to two.
Brianna Robinson and the defense, led by Viklund, Sonja Gustafsson and Samantha Maxwell, earned their fifth shutout.
“I wouldn’t say it was a classic but it was a hard-fought game,” said SBCC coach John Sisterson. “We got the points in the back and the girls worked hard for it. Justina was a little unlucky, she could have had three goals today.”
The Vaqueros will host Ventura (2-0), the team they shared the WSC title with last year, in a first-place battle on Thursday at 7 p.m.