WSoc: Former local prep stars lead SBCC

Steph Romero of SBCC heads in the second goal off a corner kick.

Steph Romero of SBCC heads in the Vaqueros’ second goal off a corner kick in the 80th minute.

Two former local high school standouts scored goals and another posted the shutout in the SBCC women’s soccer opener on Thursday at the Ventura Tournament.

San Marcos alum Kaitlyn Saperstein scored the first goal of the season in the 28th minute and Dos Pueblos graduate Steph Romero headed in a second-half corner kick to give SBCC a 2-0 victory over Golden West in the season opener for both teams.

Alex Camarillo of Dos Pueblos earned the clean sheet in goal.

Blayne Shoffit entered the game in the 26th minute and two minutes later, she delivered a perfect pass from the right end line to Saperstein for a 1-0 lead.

“I saw her blaze past a player and all the defenders were along the 6-yard block, so I just stepped behind and was yelling for her,” said Saperstein, a 5-4 freshman who drilled the ball inside the left post. “Luckily she saw me and placed a perfect ball in and I finished it.”

Sophomore defender Emily Erwin preserved the shutout in the 54th minute when she deflected a shot on goal. Erwin, Lena Gustafsson and Andrea Skjold provided strong defense for the Vaqueros in front of Camarillo, who was making her collegiate debut.

In the 80th minute, Baylee Vincent delivered a corner kick from the left side and Romero pounded it past the keeper to make it 2-0.

“That was a great first goal and I thought we deserved the win,” said coach John Sisterson. “I think we were a little anxious in our first game. We scored two good goals and we kept a clean sheet, which is most important.”