By Sarah Martinez
Western Sun sports editor
Some teams are good year in and year out. The fans can’t help but wonder how they manage to stay on top every year, with constant changes. New players come and go constantly at Golden West College, but the men’s water polo team, coached by Scott Taylor, wins almost every year. The team manages to win close and blow out games. GWC has almost a whole new team with players moving onto four-year universities.
This season is no different with the men’s team having a 21-0 record, and 5-0 in the Orange Empire Conference. It’s pretty impressive for a team to be undefeated, but especially in one of the toughest conferences in the state.
The Rustlers are such a good team they have played four-year schools, such as UCLA, Pepperdine and Concordia University. Even though GWC lost to UCLA and Pepperdine, but beat Concordia, the games don’t count against the overall record. They only lost both the games by a combined nine goals.
Last year, the Rustlers were state champions and only lost one game all of last season. Having one lost over two seasons is an amazing feat that even pro teams can say they’ve done.
The green and gold have been under Head Coach Scott Taylor since 2002, and in his 10 years as head coach has an impressive record of 250-22. I think some of the credit needs to go to Taylor, because he has a disciplined team.
Taylor has lead the team to three state championships, eight Southern California Championships and eight conference titles. In the last eight years Taylor has lead the team to seven State Championship Games. Golden West has won three out of the last four California State Championships.
Along with a constant good head coach the team has managed to bring in the right players. If things continue the way they seem to be going it looks like the Rustlers will win the California State Championship back-to-back years.