By Andrew Ruiz
Brandy Macias and the East Los Angeles College women’s water polo team cruised to victory as they beat the Pasadena City College Lancers, 16-10, Sept.10 to open up the 2014-15 season.
Macias, a freshman who made her college debut, showed her potential and was an offensive force scoring seven of the Huskies’ 16 goals.
“I was really nervous being that this was my first college game,” Macias said. “I think I could’ve done better, but it was fun.” Macias also finished the game with three assists.
The Huskies made a statement defensively from the beginning and the Lancers struggled to get the ball in the net during the first two quarters.
PCC missed their first six shot attempts before sophomore utility Lisa Munoz scored the Lancers’ first goal to start the second quarter.
The Huskies dominated offensively and led 9-2 after the second period.
Defense was one of ELAC Head Coach Erik Matheson’s focuses during the offseason for the Huskies. “We do a ton of defense from the beginning. We do a little bit of shooting and a little bit of offense during the entire thing, but defense is key,” Matheson said.
“I think you have to have a good defense in order to win a game. Defense was about 75 percent of the game.”
Despite playing the goalie position for the first time, ELAC freshman Ashley Alfaro made her defensive presence known as she protected the net and finished the game with five saves.
“It was pretty scary because I didn’t think I was going to do good (well), but I guess I did alright today,” Alfaro said. “I was spaced out and was trying to just focus on the ball play.”
During the third and fourth periods, technical issues with the scoreboard occurred and sophomore center-forward Caroline Liu picked up momentum for the Lancers in the third quarter scoring six goals to cut the deficit to six.
Megan Mora, Lisa Munoz, and Stephanie Velasco each scored two goals for Pasadena.
The Huskies dominated offensively sharing the ball and putting their teammates in the right spots to score. Freshman Wendy Centeno finished the game with four of the team’s 12 assists.
The Huskies play away at Saddleback College on Sept. 12.