Junior Jesus Miranda scored the game-winning goal with five minute left as the Santa Barbara High boys soccer team earned its first Channel League victory on Saturday, beating Ventura, 3-2.

Miranda scored two goals for the Dons. His first came early in the game off a pass from Carver Jensen.

Playing its third game of the one week, Dons coach Ricardo Alcaraz made many changes in the lineup. Junior Eli Myers controlled the midfield with his quick touches and vision. 

“Eli was very technical tonight,” said Alcaraz. “He was our best passer on the team. He kept possession and broke lines with accurate passing.”

That accuracy worked for the second goal, when Myers slipped in Jensen who beat a defender and put a shot past the Ventura goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

“I’m glad we got our first win in league playing good soccer. It is something to build on in the upcoming week,” said Alcaraz.

Santa Ynez 1, Dunn 0
Aiden Tapia scored the game-winner for the Pirates, finishing a pass from Spencer Silverman in the 62nd minute.

The Pirates defense was led by Alex Kobayashi and Rafael Beleski. Goalkeeper Ivan Guerrero earned the shutout in the battle of Santa Ynez Valley schools.

“We showed we are physically and mentally ready for the rest of the  season,” said Guerrero.

GIRLS

La Reina 3, Laguna Blanca 0

Laguna Blanca dropped a 3-0 girls soccer decision to visiting La Reina in a Frontier League match on Saturday.

The Owls fall to 5-2 in league play.

Laguna Blanca created chances to score but were denied by La Reina’s goalkeeper Charlotte Wilfert.

“The score did not reflect how the girls actually played,” said Laguna assitant coach Idalis Rodriguez “We had lots of shots but they had more chances. In the second half, the ball was mostly on their half. The goalie from La Reina had a tremendous game that stopped us from executing most of our shots.”

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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