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Montano, Shoffit sign to play soccer for UCSB, Hawaii-Hilo

Blayne Shoffit, left, will play for Hawaii-Hilo in the fall while Chloe Montano is joining the UCSB Gauchos.
Blayne Shoffit, left, will play for Hawaii-Hilo in the fall while Chloe Montano is joining the UCSB Gauchos.

SBCC's Chloe Montano and Blayne Shoffit signed letters-of-intent to play soccer at UCSB and Hawaii-Hilo on Tuesday at the Sports Pavilion.

Montano was a two-year starter who helped the Vaqueros reach the State Final Four the last two seasons. She was a first-team All-WSC North midfielder on the 2017 squad, which was the best in school history.

The Vaqueros went 21-1-1 last fall, won the WSC North with an 8-0 record and reached the State title game for the first time ever, falling to Fresno City 2-1 in Sacramento. The Vaqueros set school records with a 21-game win streak and just six goals allowed for the season.

"It's always been my dream to go D1 and continuing my soccer career at UCSB is an excellent opportunity," said Montano, who scored 12 goals (seven game-winners) and led the Vaqueros with 11 assists. "UCSB was my best option. I knew with Kat (Sheehy) going there too, we'd do great things. We've been playing together for eight years."

Montano is from Agoura High and Sheehy, the WSC North Player of the Year, attended La Canada High. They played club soccer on travel teams prior to coming to SBCC. Sheehy, a sophomore forward who had 15 goals and six assists, is expected to sign with UCSB at a later date.

Shoffit played forward for the Vaqueros in 2015 and 2016, starting 18 of 19 games on the 2016 squad that went 16-7-1 and finished third in the state. Hawaii-Hilo is an NCAA Div. 2 school that competes in the PacWest Conference.