Modesto — Modesto Junior College's Big-8 Conference-opening soccer match against San Joaquin Delta was scoreless until the 78th minute, when the Pirates took charge.
Francisco "Cha Cha" Chavez dispossessed his opponent and fired a shot off the crossbar, but Adrian Partida cleaned up the rebound for the shutout-breaking goal. The Pirates (7-0), ranked No. 1 in Northern California, added goals by Partida and Alex Bettencourt for a 3-1 win Tuesday at MJC West.
Goalie Edgar Martinez had eight saves, two during Delta first-half breakaway opportunities.
"Those saves were the difference for us," coach Steve Aristotelous said.
PIRATES WIN Danielle Nava's goal, off an assist by Colette Kulp in the 68th minute, broke a 1-1 tie and carried the Pirates (5-0-3, 1-0) to a successful Big 8 opener over Sacramento.
Later, Kulp scored off a pass by Marissa Rouse to clinch the victory. Rouse accounted for Modesto's first goal on a penalty kick in the 15th minute.
Flor Castro had three saves for MJC.
ANOTHER FIRST The Pirates, anchored by 83s by Angela Nuccio, Ariel Walsh and Kelsi Valenzula at Stockton's Swenson Park, picked up another Big 8 tournament win.