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Ladek leads SBCC past Ventura, 3-0

Mila Ladek notched her first goal of the year and delivered a perfect through ball to set up the third goal. (Photo by PJ Heller/Sevilla Photography)
Mila Ladek notched her first goal of the year and delivered a perfect through ball to set up the third goal. (Photo by PJ Heller/Sevilla Photography)

Mila Ladek scored her first goal of the season in the 17th minute on Friday night and SBCC went on to shut out Ventura 3-0 in a WSC North women's soccer match at La Playa Stadium.

The Vaqueros (7-2-1, 2-0 WSC North) won for the fifth straight time and extended their home win streak to 17 games. Ventura fell to 3-6-4 and 1-1.

Lourdes Marin-Rodriguez chipped a pass over the defense and Ladek drilled a shot over the keeper's head from 15 yards out at 16:54 for the only goal of the first half.

"Lala played it to me and I turned and shot it with my left foot to the upper right-hand corner," said Ladek, a sophomore midfielder who transferred from the University of La Verne. "We really  brought the intensity and played well as a unit, especially in the middle. We connected very well and got the ball to the final third many times. We had a lot of good chances on goal."

The Vaqueros had a slight advantage in shots, 17-15, and in shots-on-goal, 7-6. It was their third straight shutout of Ventura in the series and Santa Barbara has won the last three meetings by a combined 11-0.

In the 66th minute, Riley Moore sent a long lead pass to Monica Vallecilla, who had just entered the game two minutes earlier. Vallecilla dribbled around a defender and sent a cross from the right side that Ashlee Schouten buried into the top left corner for a 2-0 lead.

At 75:16, Ladek sent a through ball between two defenders to Moore on the right side. Moore crossed it to a wide-open Isabella Viana, who scored her 10th goal into an open net. The Vaquero goals were scored by No. 13 (Ladek), No. 12 (Schouten) and No. 11 (Viana).

Holly Telliard made six saves for her fourth shutout of the year.

"We played very, very well tonight," said coach John Sisterson. "We knocked the ball around, we were aggressive, we defended and we didn't concede a goal. And we scored three great goals, that's all you can ask.

"Our passing was good and our finishing was good. The back line played great and Holly was sharp in the goal."

The Vaqueros will host Cuesta (9-3, 2-0) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.