The Santa Barbara High boys soccer team got an early goal from Luisangel Jeronimo in the ninth minute and was able to hold from there, winning 1-0 at Santa Ynez Thursday.
The Dons (12-1-2, 1-0-0) struggled with connecting on passes for the majority of the match Thursday, but their early goal was all they needed on offense.
Defensively, as a team, Santa Barbara did all the little things to get the win. Senior goalkeeper Connor Lambe was in goal for the teams’ eighth shutout of the year.
Santa Barbara will face San Marcos on Saturday for the annual Super Soccer Showdown.
SAN MARCOS 1, LOMPOC 1
The Royals gave up a late score in the second half to walk away from their league opener with a draw instead of a win.
Leo Olivo scored the goal early in the second half to put San Marcos (8-3-4, 0-0-1) in front.
Coach Paul McLean said the team did not respond with the appropriate urgency and added that the tie felt like a loss.
DOS PUEBLOS 2, CABRILLO 1
The Chargers were able to bounce back from a tough loss to Santa Ynez in their Channel League opener Tuesday with a one-goal win at Cabrillo Thursday.
DP (9-3-2, 1-1-0) took an early lead with a goal in the fourth minute courtesy of senior captain Aldo Becerril. After Cabrillo tied it up in the second half, the Chargers’ Hayden Carlson drew a foul in the box.
Becerril took the ensuing penalty kick and nailed it to give DP its first Channel League win.
BISHOP DIEGO 3, FOOTHILL TECH 1
Michael Luckhurst scored two second-half goals to help the Cardinals (5-0-1) remain unbeaten with their win over the Dragons on Thursday.
Foothill Tech opened the scoring with a header in the 38th minute. After Luckhurst tied the game with a 30-yard strike, Michael Romero found the back of the net before Luckhurst scored again.
CATE 4, SANTA CLARA 1
The Rams made a statement on Thursday, defeating defending league champion Santa Clara by three goals at home.
Parker Bowlin gave Cate (4-0-1, 1-0-1) a boost in the first half with a goal. A pair of goals from Buba Fofaneh put the Rams up 3-0 and then a final goal from Daniel Boateng gave Cate the 4-1 win. Cate outshot Santa Clara 24-7.
SANTA BARBARA 1, SANTA YNEZ 0
After a scoreless first half Thursday, senior co-captain Sofia Capelletti took a through-ball from Athena Bow-Graham and scored from the top of the 18-yard box to give the Dons a 1-0 win to open Channel League play.
Goalkeepers Carolina Koceman and Lia Rodriguez had four and seven saves, respectively while Liberty Tank, Lizzie Goss and Bri Lopez were great in the backline for Santa Barbara.
LAGUNA BLANCA 2, BISHOP DIEGO 1
Bea Lujan scored one goal for the Owls and assisted on another to give her team their first win of the season.
Lujan assisted on Audrey Murphy’s goal to put Laguna (1-3-1, 1-0-0) up 1-0 and, tied at 1-1, in the 60th minute scored the game-winner.
Senior Julia Gregson scored the equalizer for Bishop in the 25th minute.
WESTMONT 78, MENLO 75
Abram Carrasco scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lead the 11th-ranked Warriors over Menlo on Thursday.
Westmont trailed 43-34 at the half, but shot 61.5% from the floor in the second half and outscored Menlo 44-32 in the final 20 minutes. Carrasco made all eight of his second-half shot attempts, including four three pointers, and finished with 10 rebounds and five assists. Hunter Sipe added 13 points and Tristan Lloyd scored 12 off the bench.
WESTMONT 80, MENLO 55
The Warriors remain undefeated in GSAC play after a 25-point win Thursday over the Oaks.
Iyree Jarrett had 16 points and seven assists in the victory while teammate Maud Ranger notched her second double-double in as many games with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Westmont forced 14 turnovers and had just six, outscoring Menlo 16-2 in points off turnover.
CATE 47, BISHOP DIEGO 29
The Rams opened up league play with a big win against the Cardinals at home. Meena Baher scored seven points in the first quarter to set the tone for Cate who led 13-5 after the first.
After leading by five at the break, the Rams (4-2, 1-1) again held the Cardinals to just five points in the third quarter to extend their lead to 32-19.
Julia De La Cruz had 11 points and Elliot Redkey added another eight for the Cardinals (13-6, 1-1).
GIRLS WATER POLO
SANTA YNEZ 13, CABRILLO 8
One day after Taye Luke scored seven goals in a win for the Pirates, she did it again helping her team earn a five-goal victory.
Peyton Pratt was excellent in goal for the Pirates totaling 15 saves, including two on penalty shots, while also picking up an assist.
CARPINTERIA 16, NORDHOFF 5
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead and kept the pressure going from there to eventually win by 11 on Thursday.
Senior Sadie Mead scored four goals to lead Carpinteria (5-2, 3-0) to another league win while junior Kate Gay was an iron curtain in the cage with 17 saves.