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Defense Prominent For Water Polo In Splitting 4 Matches At Cabrillo Tournament

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After watching his team allow 20 goals and 19 goals in two early-season losses, Pasadena City College women's water polo coach Terry Stoddard knew that defense and a more defined offensive strategy would have to be stressed for his Lancers to start showing improvement.

At the Cabrillo Tournament Sept. 24-25, PCC's players answered Stoddard's challenge by winning two of four matches. More impressive was the fact that the squad limited its four opponents to a total of 23 goals, or just a 5.7 average scores allowed.

PCC is 4-6 overall. The Lancers are 1-1 in South Coast Conference play.

Pasadena opened the Northern California tourney (in Aptos) with a 12-5 win over West Valley. Darly Htike and Anneke Forrest each scored four goals while Brianna Estrada was a playmaker, totaling a team season-high four assists. Nicole Young contributed two goals while Fernanda Camacho and Cynthia Martinez had one each. Goalie Hannah Hogue made 11 saves. PCC took a season-high 35 shots on goal.

In its second match Friday, Camacho scored five goals and tallied three assists to lift the Lancers to their third straight victory, 11-3 over Ohlone. Hogue was a force with 10 saves, three steals, and an assist. Pasadena jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one quarter.  Forrest added two goals and two assists and Young two goals and an assist. Htike and Martinez tacked on one goal each.

On Saturday, the mini win streak for the Lancers was stopped in a 9-2 loss to Cuesta. The Lancers played close with the Cougars, trailing 4-2 at halftime. In the second half, PCC tried a different offensive strategy, but instead Cuesta was able to take advantage of counter attacks to score five third-quarter goals. Pasadena was limited to 10 shots on goal, but refused to give in to Cuesta in the fourth quarter, holding the opponent scoreless. Lisa Munoz scored her first goal of the season and Martinez added the other PCC goal. Pasadena made a season-high 10 team steals, three by Hogue, who had seven saves.

The final Cabrillo Tourney match was a tight one with San Joaquin Delta handing PCC a 6-4 defeat. Hogue, an All-Southern California region selection last season, was spectacular with 10 saves and a Lancer season-high five steals, three of those on takeaways from the center-forward. On offense, Htike delivered two goals, Camacho scored her team-leading 14th goal and Martinez had a score. PCC trailed 5-3 at halftime, but the two teams would hold each other to one score in the entire second half.

"The Delta match was our best game of the year," Stoddard said. "The only thing that cost us was not finishing our scoring opportunities. The team is putting it together. We created scoring chances throughout the tourney. Hogue is finally starting to play to her level of last season and was aggressive defensively. Different players came through with big plays in every match. We showed great team effort, something we can build on."

PCC next plays a conference match Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Mt. San Antonio College. Game time is 3 p.m.

[Photo--Brianna Estrada (5) sets up a play for the PCC women's water polo team in a recent match, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/26/10
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