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Oxnard slips past Hancock with big second half to take Western State Conference title

Oxnard slips past Hancock with big second half to take Western State Conference title

The Hancock College men’s soccer team needed a win or a tie Tuesday to stay in contention for the conference title. The Bulldogs got neither one.

The second half at Hancock was all Oxnard, and the Condors took a 4-1 win to clinch the Western State Conference North Division championship.

Oxnard scored all three second-half goals.

The Condors (14-3-3, 5-1-3) came in to the game two points ahead of the second-place Bulldogs (6-10-5, 3-2-4). With the three points with the win, Oxnard has an insurmountable five-point lead on Hancock.

That is because each squad has just one conference game left. The Bulldogs will finish their regular season with a 3 p.m. WSC North game at Moorpark.

Oxnard will finish its conference campaign with a Friday home game at Oxnard. The Condors beat the Bulldogs 2-0 in the first round of conference games.

Juan Montelongo evened the score for Hancock Tuesday with a goal in the 33rd minute of the second half. Oxnard goalkeeper Salvador Perez, trying to clear the ball, kicked it right to Montelongo instead, and Montelongo capitalized.

Trouble was, that was the only shot on goal the Bulldogs had.

“Doesn’t matter if you’re hanging with the opponent,” said Hancock coach Billy Vinnedge. “If you’re not generating shots, you’re not going to win.”

Oxnard controlled the action in the second half, and David Garcia put the Condors ahead for good when he lined a shot into the net in the fifth minute after the break.

The Condors had just five shots on goal, but four of them went in.

After out-playing the Condors the last part of the first half, the Bulldogs simply couldn’t match them in the second.

“It’s such a shame because the second half has been our half,” said Vinnedge.

It wasn’t on Tuesday. The Condors kept working themselves open and Noah Dollenmayer, in the 10th minute of the second half, and Erik López, on a point-blank follow shot in the 40th, tacked on goals for the Condors after the Garcia tally.

Oxnard midfielder Louis Juarez had the only assist. He also helped the Condors’ defense shut off most of the few threats the Bulldogs had after intermission.

After going 3-1-1, and garnering 10 points in the conference standings, in the first half of conference play, the Bulldogs have just three points in the second.

Hancock settled for draws in the second half of conference play against two teams the Bulldogs beat in the first, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Mission.

“Mission is one of the best teams in the conference,” said Vinnedge.

“It’s really a shame, all of these ties we’ve played in this state,” thanks to no overtime games during the regular season, the Hancock coach said.

“It’s really too bad, because 20 minutes (of overtime) might determine a winner.”

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Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.

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