Home success ends at tournament


Lauren Gandara

Cerritos College driver Albert Kim gets ready to pass the ball as Los Angeles Trade Tech player defends against him. Cerritos defeated LATT 18-4.

From an easy win to a pair of losses, the Cerritos College men’s water polo team defeated Los Angeles Trade-Technical College 18-4 on Wednesday, but suffered a double loss to Concordia University 17-11 and then Cal Lutheran University 14-9 on Thursday.

Playing against Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Cerritos College started off on a rise, scoring eight goals within the first quarter.

Toward the end of the second, Cerritos managed to score another three points.

Freshman goalie Joseph Owens said, “We went out there and handled business. We were clicking all game.”

Owens and teammate goalie Michael Asendorf had a combined total of eight saves and three steals during the game.

Asendorf said about the overall game, “We did really well. Nothing really stood out for us in this game, but there were a lot more turnovers than I would have liked.”

According to the Cerritos Falcons website, many new players were given the chance to score against Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, including starting goalkeeper Alfredo De La Mora.

Sophomore Derek Klotzer, led the Falcons with three goals.

Klotzer said about the game, “We performed really well. A lot better than I expected. This is good practice before we start playing in our tournaments this week. This game helped figure out any kinks that we need to work on. “

As far as improvements are concerned, he said, “Eye contact and passing the ball are little things that we need to fix. If we place ourselves where we need to be, we will be fine.”

The team will proceed to participate in a home contest against Long Beach City Oct. 2.

Game time is 4:15 p.m.