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Defense-minded Rustlers dominate American River

 

Taylor Morton in goal. Western Sun Photo by Eric Silkenson

By Eric Silkenson
Sun staff writer

A stingy defense that forced turnovers propelled the Golden West College women’s water polo team to a 10 – 4 victory over American River College of Sacramento. After a slow start by GWC in the first period, the Rustlers clamped down on ARC defensively.

After a few defensive lapses by the starters, coach Kyle Kopp inserted his second team and they made the difference. “Defense is played with positioning, heart, energy and desire,” said Kopp, “The first team didn’t want any of it.”

The second team’s defensive intensity seemed to jump-start GWC from the second period on. The Rustlers forced ARC into numerous turnovers which led to well-executed counterattacks that more often than not ended in goals for GWC.

“We practice our counterattacks all of the time,” said second team star Kelly Guerin after the game. “ARC matched our intensity early in the game, but our second team played great defense and turned the game around.”

The Rustlers poured it on in the third period with four goals and never looked back. In their huddle at the start of the fourth period, the ARC coach exhorted her team to take risks, but GWC shut them out in the period.

Golden West next plays in the Long Beach Tournament on Oct. 21.

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