Aldo Becerril is the captain of the Dos Pueblos High boys soccer team for a number of reasons.
One of them is he’s outstanding on the pitch and clutch when the Chargers need him to be. Such was the case on Thursday when DP needed something in its Channel League match against Lompoc.
After playing to a scoreless draw in the first half, the Chargers got what they needed from their captain in the 45th minute (the fifth minute into the second half). Becerril intercepted a poorly played ball by the Braves out of their end of the field and proceeded to beat the Lompoc goalkeeper for the only score of the match that gave Dos Pueblos a 1-0 victory.
DP took care of the rest of the match, defensively, to improve to 11-3-3 overall and 3-1 in the Channel League.
BISHOP DIEGO 5, SANTA CLARA 2
Brothers Adam and Michael Luckhurst were a dynamic duo against the Saints. Adam Luckhurst scored the first goal of the match, and proceeded to score three more, while his brother, Michael, added the Cardinals other goal in a rout of Santa Clara. Bishop Diego improved to 6-1-1 on the season.
CATE 4, LAGUNA BLANCA 2
On a cloudy, wet afternoon, the Rams went on the road to beat the Owls.
Buba Fofanah began the scoring for Cate with a strike in the third minute. Daniel Boeteng made it 2-0 Rams with a 30-yard volley in the 21st minute off an assist by Will Anderson. Fofanah tallied his second of the match midway through the second half to make it 3-0 Cate.
After Laguna Blanca scored on a penalty kick, the Rams answered with Boateng’s second of the match. The Rams improved to 6-0-1 overall and remained in first place in league with a 3-0-1 record. Lucas Wahlberg scored both goals for Laguna Blanca.
SANTA BARBARA 2, CABRILLO 1
Sophomore forward Athena Bow-Graham scored both goals to put the Dons past the Conquistadores.
Santa Barbara goalkeeper Lia Rodriguez also made some big second-half saves to preserve the victory.
LAGUNA BLANCA 4, VILLANOVA PREP 1
Bea Lujan scored two goals and Emma Self and Julia Guglielmo tallied one apiece to give the Owls a league win over Villanova.
Jacqueline Richardson, Emma Self, Brooke Self and Guglielmo also earned assists for Laguna Blanca (3-4-1 overall, 2-0-1 league).
SANTA YNEZ 4, SAN MARCOS 0
The Pirates scored two goals in the first 20 minutes and eventually led 3-0 at halftime.
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DOS PUEBLOS 10, SANTA YNEZ 4
The Chargers had nine different players score in their Channel League opening win.
Isabella Moore and Kelly Meckelborg led the way for the Chargers with two goals apiece. DP led 5-1 after the first quarter and put forth a solid defensive effort over the final three quarters to improve to 7-9 overall and 1-0 in the Channel League.
Taye Luke scored all four goals for the Pirates, while Santa Ynez goalie Peyton Pratt finished with four blocks and two steals.
SANTA PAULA 8, CARPINTERIA 7
Sophomore Alex Zapata had four goals, all in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors in a loss.
Santa Paula scored the game winner with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Carpinteria dropped to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in league.
SANTA BARBARA 58, LOMPOC 36
Athena Saragoza had 24 points on 10 of 23 shooting and Caia Trimble added 11 on 4-for-10 shooting to lead the Dons to another Channel League win.
Santa Barbara outscored the Braves in each quarter while shooting 37% from the field (19-for-51).
BISHOP DIEGO 40, VILLANOVA PREP 17
Julia De La Cruz had a game-high 11 points to lead the Cardinals to a league win.
Mileyni Sanchez added nine and Elliot Redkey had eight for Bishop Diego, which led 17-12 at halftime before limiting Villanova Prep to just five points in the second half.
The Cardinals improved to 15-6 overall and 2-1 in league.
UCSB 65, UC IRVINE 61
Freshman center Ila Lane had another monster double-double for the Gauchos, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to lead the Gauchos to a Big West Conference road victory.
UCSB dominated in rebounding, finishing with a 42-24 advantage. Tal Sahar added 14 points and Mira Shulman finished with 10 for the Gauchos, who shot a blistering 44 percent (23 of 52) from the field.
UCSB (7-9, 2-1 Big West Conference) remains on the road with a game at UC Riverside on Saturday at 7 p.m.