Goals galore

Oak Ridge grad picks up her game at collegiate level
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Jessica Domenichelli scored 36 goals during her four-year varsity soccer career at Oak Ridge High from 2007-2010. In two years at Santa Barbara City College, Domenichelli, 19, scored 52 and is the school’s all-time leading goal scorer. Her 25 goals as a freshman in 2010 was a school record that she bettered this past fall with 27 goals. Her 122 career points (52 goals and 18 assists) is also a school record. “When I first came here, I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of level of play,” Domenichelli said. “After a few games, I seemed to be doing well and just went from there.” Saying that Domenichelli had no trouble adjusting is an understatement. In the first game of her collegiate career, she scored four goals. As a freshman she helped lead the team to a 16-4-2 overall record, which was tied for the second-most wins in school history. The team also won a first-round playoff game against Moorpark, 7-1, a game in which Domenichelli scored four goals. The Vaqueros ranked seventh in the final state power rankings and Domenichelli was named to the All-Western States Conference first-team with 25 goals and eight assists. Domenichelli and the Vaqueros picked up where they left off last year, starting this season with a 5-0 record. In five games she had scored three goals and had three assists and in late September she was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week with a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win over L.A. Pierce. In eight games during the October, Domenichelli scored 17 goals and had four assists in leading Santa Barbara to a 6-2 record, and was named the California Community College Athlete of the Month. By season’s end, Domenichelli was named the Most Valuable Player of the Western State Conference, as her 27 goals ranked second in the state and led the conference in scoring. She also was also a second-team All-West choice. “Jessica is a natural athlete who understands how to finish,” Santa Barbara coach John Sisterson said. “When she’s one-on-one with the keeper, she’ll put it away 99 percent of the time.” On top of individual statistics and honors, the Vaqueros ended the season with a Western State Conference North championship and finished 18-3 overall and ranked third in the state and 13th in the nation. “That month of October when I was named Athlete of the Month out of all sports is something I’m proud of,” Domenichelli said. “Also, winning our conference was even better because it was the first time in school history that we had done that.” Domenichelli decided last week that she will take her talents to Arizona State University, where she will also study accounting next fall. “I like how big on sports they are at ASU, but also academic-wise, they make sure their athletes stay on track. Being part of the Pac-12 is also exciting.”