Huskies beat crosstown rival 18-5 in pool

DRY PASSING—Freshman Alexandra Reyes of East Los Angeles College, is about to pass the ball in a 18-5 South Coast Conference water polo win against crosstown rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College. CN/TADZIO GARCIA
DRY PASSING—Freshman Alexandra Reyes of East Los Angeles College, is about to pass the ball in a 18-5 South Coast Conference water polo win against crosstown rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College. CN/TADZIO GARCIA

By Tadzio Garcia Erik Matheson, East Los Angeles College water polo coach, had something specific in mind in an 18-5 victory against crosstown rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College Oct. 1. ELAC, a heavy favorite based on head-to-head competition, was leading 12-1 after the first period at Trade Tech. Rather than pounding out a huge score, camaraderie was the story of this game according to Matheson. “What was the point in that, an 11 point lead?” Matheson said. “I played the entire (ELAC) team to teach them, especially the less experienced (Huskies), a sense of belonging, cooperation, respect while also adding much needed experience.” The game was then more even according to Matheson. ELAC only outscored the Beavers 6-4 for the remainder of the game. “It was fun, an overall team effort because all of us played,” ELAC sophomore starter Christina Burrola said. The Huskies had a different game-plan of adding different offensive and defensive strategies, according to Matheson. ELAC’s perimeter-player passing while the hole-set directed play (offensive) was strategic. Eight Huskies scored with freshman Brandy Macias leading the ELAC brigade with five goals followed by freshmen Wendy Centeno and Ameyali Martinez adding three each. ELAC’s freshmen goalies had a total of seven blocked shots-on-goal, with Ashley Alfaro’s four blocks and Desiree Alejandre’s three blocks. The fans from both sides participated on every shot-on-goal, as evident from the vocal reaction of screams, oohs and aahs. In other action the Huskies came up on the losing end of four games played today and yesterday in the 17th Annual San Diego Women’s Water Polo Classic hosted by Mesa and Miramar colleges. The Huskies lost 10-7 to San Joaquin Delta College, 10-9 to Southwestern College, 14-4 to Mesa and 13-7 to Palomar.  Freshman Brandy Macias led the Huskies in scoring with a total of 13 goals in the Classic. ELAC returns to South Coast Conference action 5:15 p.m. this Wednesday at Rio Hondo College.

POWER SHOT—Christina Burrola; a sophomore of the East Los Angeles College water polo team; is attempting a shot-on-goal from the five-meter mark in a 18-5 victory over rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College Oct 1. CN/TADZIO GARCIA
POWER SHOT—Christina Burrola; a sophomore of the East Los Angeles College water polo team; is attempting a shot-on-goal from the five-meter mark in an 18-5 victory over rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College Oct 1. CN/TADZIO GARCIA

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