Valley Water Polo goes on the defensive to outlast Citrus

By Vicente Vitela, Staff Writer

As time expired the Monarchs water polo team was able to hold off the Owls long enough for a victory

By Vicente Vitela, Staff Writer

The Monarchs water polo team extended its winning streak to 10 games after outlasting Citrus College 9-8 at home.

The win gave Valley a 13-5 record, but the one-point triumph did not sit well with Head Coach Jim McMillan.

“We’re lucky to get a win,” McMillan said. “They really took it to us.”

The Monarchs showed up for a water polo game, but ended up competing in a chess match as both schools traded goals back and forth with the Monarchs leading at the half 6-5.

In the first half, just when it seemed like the Monarchs would pull away, scoring back-to-back goals, the Owls answered right back with two consecutive goals of their own.

“I was not happy with the effort,” McMillan said. 

The leading scorer for Valley at the half was Vasil Halchev with three goals.

As the second half began, Valley scored a goal within the first two minutes, but similar to the first half, Citrus answered just a minute later.

Locked in an 8-8 tie with four minutes left in the contest, Louis Brunner scored the go-ahead shot for the Monarchs.

Sitting on a one point lead, the Monarchs turned up the defense, preventing any shot attempt by the Owls.

When the final buzzer sounded,  Valley escaped with a  single-point win over Citrus College.

“We still got a lot of work to do” said McMillan.

The Monarchs look to continue their streak in a home game against Ventura College on Oct 18.

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