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Monarchs defend their home water in a dominant 19-9

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

In hosting only their second game, the precedent for a strong offensive push is set.

By Nicholas Orozco, Sports Editor

Ethan Francis preparing to pass the ball in order to keep momentum on their side (Valley Star, Griffen O'Rourke)

Valley College (3-2) defeated Palomar College (4-3), as the Comet’s could not seem to find their stroke and were defeated 19-9.

The Monarchs held their second home game on Wednesday afternoon, previously traveling in order to partake in tournaments.

The Water Polo team is still recruiting, being in mid-season form. While the Monarchs team is mixed in experience, the team has more synergy than expected. The men in green were anticipating to bounce back, following their loss and elimination in the Golden West tournament.

“Right now it is still real early in the season,” said head coach Jim McMillan “So we're just working on our fundamentals and the concepts of what we wanna do as a team.”

Valley started off strong with sophomore Jonathan Agazaryan scoring three goals in the first three minutes. Agazaryan ended up leading the offensive, as he scored six goals throughout the entire match. Palomar struggled to stay afloat.

The offense managed to get 19 balls into the back of the net, but only allowed nine, thanks to Valley’s defense, which was also strong via their menacing defenders and relentless goalkeepers.

“We emphasize playing defense here,” said McMillan. “If the keeper can help us out, it is even better for us.”

Valley is focusing on building the fundamentals of their team.

The Monarchs will next play in the three day Cuesta tournament starting on Thursday, Sept. 22.

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