Victor Perez, a 20-year-old freshman from Ceres High, scored his first three goals of the season Friday to lead the Modesto Junior College men's soccer team to a 6-1 home win over American River College.
It was the conference opener for both teams, which made it the first-ever Big Eight Conference match in any sport for MJC. The Pirates are competing this season for the first time as a member of the Sacramento-centered Big Eight Conference in all sports except football.
Perez opened the scoring 30 minutes in, then added another goal five minutes later as MJC led 2-0 at halftime.
Perez, Garrin Montez, Hector Gayton and Charlie George all scored in the second half. Goalie Mik Scotland finished the game with four saves.
The Pirates, 2-2-1 overall, entertain perennial NorCal power Hartnell on Tuesday at 3:30 at West Campus.
In a 30-26 21-30 32-30 30-25 win over Merced, Kelsey Wingo and Shinez Waites had 12 kills, Corrisa Jacomini 13 digs and Brittney Nielsen six aces.
Stanislaus (2-3-1 overall) took an early 1-0 lead on Jade Adamson's fourth goal of the season. She took a pass from Melissa Phillips and beat goalkeeper Sarah Baldares in a one-on-one matchup. Junior midfielder Tiffani Moore scored on an assist from Phillips following a Warrior corner kick to tie the game at 2-2 in the 44th minute.
The Warriors play host to Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Stanislaus opened the scoring 11 minutes into the CCAA opener when Artemio Arteaga placed a free kick in the upper right corner of the net.
San Francisco State broke a 1-1 tie in the 37th minute after the Warriors got called for a handball in the goalie box. Midfielder Wes Whitt took the penalty kick, beating 'keeper Mando Herrera to the left side of the net.
Cal State Stanislaus plays host to Cal State Monterey Bay at Sunday at 3 p.m.
Johansen scored with about 20 minutes remaining in the second half on a free kick from about 30 yards out.
About 10 minutes into the game, Arnaldo Gutierrez of Davis drove in from 30 yards out and sored on a bad-angle shot.
Johansen tied it about 10 minutes later. With the ball on the right, Johansen played a long ball through to a man who scored.
Downey coach Adrian Guerrero said it was a pretty even, back-and-forth game, the difference being the Knights capitalized on their chances.