Mekaylla White returned from injury with a bang on Tuesday night, scoring a natural hat trick in SBCC’s 4-1 dismantling of No. 15 Cuesta in a battle for first in the WSC North women’s soccer race.

The Vaqueros (8-6-2, 5-1-1) outshot the visiting Cougars 20-0 in the second half and 29-4 for the game. SBCC set season highs for shots (29) and shots on goal (19) while only allowing two shots on goal.

 Cuesta (12-3-1, 5-2-1) entered the game as the ninth-best scoring team in the state, averaging 3.07 goals and 15.3 shots per game.

White, a freshman striker from Folsom, gave SBCC a 2-1 halftime lead by running onto a long through ball from Sean O’Brien and beating the keeper in a 1-on-1 breakaway, rolling the ball to the right side at the 43:40 mark.

White struck again in the 52nd minute on a similar through ball after a steal by Savannah Mohatt. She sprinted toward the goal and beat the keeper inside the left post. She got her second hat trick in three games from 12 yards out at 86:10. Mohatt set her up again and White drove the ball off the goalie’s hands and it trickled into the right corner.

White has 11 goals on the season, the second-most in the WSC North.

She missed the previous two games with a concussion.

“Honestly, the offense and the midfield were clicking at the same time,” said White. “The midfield was connecting with each other and they were able to find us making those runs. We got a lot more shots than usual.”

SBCC will play three on the road in six days next week. They’ll play at L.A. Pierce (Tuesday at 3 p.m.) and Hancock (Friday at 3 p.m.), then travel to Ventura for a rare Sunday game at 6 p.m. in a makeup from the Oct. 25 game that was postponed by fire.