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Defense gets it done in fifth straight win, 1-0

Anna Telliard, one of three players from Steele Canyon High in San Diego, has been a defensive leader all season for the Vaqueros, who have four shutouts in six games. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Anna Telliard, one of three players from Steele Canyon High in San Diego, has been a defensive leader all season for the Vaqueros, who have four shutouts in six games. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Lourdes Gilbert scored in the 18th minute on Friday night and SBCC's defense did the rest in a 1-0 shutout of Clovis at La Playa Stadium.

The Vaqueros, ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 9 in the nation, won their fifth in a row to improve to 5-0-1. It was the third straight shutout and fourth in five games for goalie Holly Telliard and the defense.

The Vaqueros haven't allowed a goal in 293 minutes.

SBCC outshot the Crush 12-4, including 7-1 in the second half. Clovis (3-5), which started playing soccer last year, didn't have a second-half shot until the 90th minute.

Katherine Sheehy fed a nice pass from the right side of the goal all the way to the left at the 17:02 mark. Gilbert, a freshman from St. Bonaventure High, settled the ball and then slipped it between the goalie and the left post for a 1-0 lead.

"I saw Kat running up and I know she always has precise passes," said Lourdes, whose nickname is LuLu. "I saw the upper corner open and I went for it.

"We could have been better with our passing and brought the ball down more. We played well but we could have played better. We have a lot of potential this year."

Anna Telliard and Gardenia Maya led the defense. SBCC has outscored its opponents 16-2.

"Sometimes you have to grind the result out and this was one of those nights," said coach John Sisterson. "That wasn't the prettiest soccer we've played. They're a physical team and we knew we had a battle on our hands."

SBCC hosts Chaffey on Tuesday at 2 p.m.