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Girls’ water polo still on track for CCS

The girls bounced back after their first conference loss to Lynbrook with a 5-2 win against Monta Vista on Oct. 13, bringing their conference record to 11-1.

“It felt good to shut MV down, and I believe we’re either first or tied for first with Homestead in our league right now,” senior field player Jessy Liu said. “So, going into leagues we’re going to be the team that other teams are scared to play.”

The team won their first 10 conference games, but lost 3-2 against Lynbrook on Oct. 11. Despite the loss, the girls remain in first place in the El Camino League over Lynbrook, which has an 8-4 record.

Before their first conference loss, the girls defeated Harker 5-4 on Oct. 6 and Milpitas 15-1 on Oct. 4. After letting in one goal in the first quarter against Milpitas, junior goalie Aileen Zhang did not allow the opposing team to slip any goals past her for the remainder of the game. Liu led the team with two goals against Harker and four goals against Milpitas.

Even though they won both games, the girls did not win them without difficulty: Half of the field players were absent due to injuries or the Media Arts Program New York filmfest trip that ran through Oct 4-10.

“But we still won the two games we played, which indicates how every member of our team brings something to the table,” senior goalie Sandy You said. “Our team isn't dependent on just a few key players.”

Before the games against Harker and Milpitas, the team destroyed  Wilcox 14-0 on Sept. 29, with Zhang and You shutting out Wilcox. Eight different players combined to score the 14 goals.

Because the girls have already played the other teams in their league at least once, coach Jerome Chung has given them completely new plays to run for the last few games.

“In practice our newest defensive set up worked well, so during the league tournament it should be good to go,” Liu said.

The girls are on pace to make it to CCS this year with just one loss. “I have a good feeling about the last couple of league games coming up because we have already beat these teams before,” sophomore field player Sarah Daoudi said. “Our team has really come together outside of the pool and I feel like that has transferred to our teamwork and the way we play during our games.”

Due to printing deadlines, the Falcon was unable to print the results of the game against Santa Clara High on Oct. 18 and the game at Homestead High on Oct. 20 in this issue.

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