MSoc: Vaqueros drop home opener, 1-0

SBCC gave up a goal in the 42nd minute in its men’s soccer home opener on Thursday night and was never able to find its offensive rhythm in a 1-0 nonconference loss to Taft.

“We worked hard in certain areas but we couldn’t find our rhythm at times and we couldn’t get the shots off,” said coach John Sisterson.

Anthony Ulloa scored the game’s only goal three minutes before halftime, taking a through ball and dribbling around the keeper. His shot deflected off an SBCC defender into the net

Taft (1-1) dominated the Vaqueros (0-2) in shots (18-8) and shots on goal, 8-1.

Eight of the 11 Vaquero starters were international players from England, Australia and Tunisia.

“That’s one of our problems,” said Sisterson. “We have such a diverse squad with players from different parts of the country and different parts of the world and it’s about trying to get them all to play together. But we’re getting there and it’s fixable.”

SBCC has been tough at home in recent years with a 25-4-6 record at La Playa Stadium over the last three seasons.

The Vaqueros are off for the next 12 days. They open WSC play on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with a 2 p.m.