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Falcons’ water polo plays around El Camino

Christopher Martinez
Kate De La Mora with a lob shot. Mora led the team in scoring with four goals in the game.

Cerritos College women’s water polo team faced off against El Camino on Sept. 12 in what turned out to be a lopsided game with a final score 16-6 Falcons on top.

Falcons had a dominant start coming into the game and scoring 8-1 in the first quarter. Falcons take away El Camino offense holding them to only one point on the quarter.

Dulce Medina, goalie, had her thoughts on the team’s overall performance. She stated, “I think we did great, we forced a lot of turnovers and we showed what teamwork can do.”

Hannah Thomas, utility, stated her thoughts on the team after the game “I feel we played pretty cohesively compared to one of our past games at the tournament, we are a lot more cohesive and we are doing a lot better with our passing and getting people open to shoot.”

Cerritos continued their strong play as the second quarter ended in 11-4. Falcons. Cerritos continues their strong play as El Camino’s defense struggle throughout the second quarter.

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Ducle Medina with a block. She had fourteen in the quarter.

Head coach Sergio Macias stated on his teams win, “Well this game, compared to last weekend, was a huge difference. We had confidence, we played a little bit more relaxed and a lot more prepared and I think all the mistakes we learned from so there were a lot less unforced turnovers this game.”

At the half, Falcons have the lead over El Camino 11-4. El Camino is looking for a way to control Cerritos’s offenses through their defense.

At the end of the third quarter Cerritos had slowed their play and ended the quarter 14-5. El Camino shined as they scored one goal on the quarter.

Falcons play in the third slowed as they substitute and play as many players as possible stated by Macias, “It’s our first conference game so we are trying to get as many people so playing time.

“So sometimes without that cohesiveness there could be some confusion in the pool not knowing who to pass to, but we are just trying to get everyone some minutes when we have the opportunities that what we did today.”

In the fourth quarter the Falcons had begun to play out there possessions and forced errors on themselves. El Camino looked to take advantage as they score a goal in the quarter.

Thomas addressed the time management issue after the game stating, “We were tired. We were not getting shots off right away for some of the possessions and we were going back and forth, so it was getting really hard to transition from offense to defense.

“I think we could use more conditioning and endurance especially for the sprints we can stay with them and also throughout the game.”

Medina’s stated his thoughts on the issue saying, “We made some small mistakes it’s kinda like okay we messed up here, but it’s okay we just have to keep on going and learn from them.”

Falcons cemented the win in the final quarter with a final score of 16-6.

The team will travel to Riverside tournament where Macias feels his team is ready.

He stated, “I think our team needed a win like this in front of their friends, family, and piers so i think we will be better prepared for competition this weekend.”

Thomson has high hopes for this weekend as she states “I Definitely think we are ready for competition this weekend in Riverside.”

Medina feels the team can win the tournament and said, “I think we could always find a way to improve and it’s on in not giving up, keep trying and practice as hard as you can, never give up and have good communication and teamwork so if we keep that up along with a positive attitude we can win the tournament.”


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Christopher Martinez
Christopher Martinez, Sports Editor
Christopher Martinez is currently the sports editor for Cerritos College’s Talon Marks. He hopes to transfer to Cal State Dominguez Hills or Cal State Long Beach and obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. His dream is to also receive his master’s in journalism from USC and to work as a Sports Data Journalist for either ESPN, Bleacher Report, or Fox Sports.
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