The crowd was cheering, the water refused to remain still and with 13 seconds left on the clock the winning goal came in overtime.
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The crowd cheered loudly as the Lancers water polo team played host to Los Angeles Trade Tech in the 13th annual Pasadena Bowl Tournament.

Teresa Mendoza/Courier PCC Freshman, Jazmine Hernandez gets ready to fire a goal against LATT at the PCC Aquatic Center on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Lancers win 15-14. Hernandez scored four goals, four assists and seven steals.
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PCC Freshman, Jazmine Hernandez gets ready to fire a goal against LATT at the PCC Aquatic Center on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Lancers win 15-14. Hernandez scored four goals, four assists and seven steals.

The water refused to remain still as the Lancers battled back from five goals down to force overtime against the visiting Beavers.

With only 13 seconds left on the clock in overtime, freshman utility player Jazmine Hernandez scored the game-winning goal on a pass from captain Mariana Silva.

The women’s water polo team recovered from a 17-5 loss in the opening round against Diablo Valley to win 15-14 in overtime against the Beavers.

The win was long overdue after the Lancers endured a six game losing streak. “They’re starting to come together,” said Lancers’ head coach Terry Stoddard. “We’ve lost some games but we’re gaining momentum.”

Trade Tech had a 3-point lead at the end of the first two quarters, but lost steam and couldn’t regain their lead.

Although the game-winning goal came from Hernandez, credit should also be given to Caroline Liu who scored a team season-high seven goals and is emerging as a scorer.

“Stephanie’s our best scorer no doubt hands down, everybody knows that so they double team her,” said Stoddard. “That’s as well as I’ve seen Jazmine play. We have to be able to have a balanced scoring attack.”

Returning sophomore Mariana Marquez was ecstatic after the big win. “We all came out here, as a team and we just wanted it and that showed in our win,” Marquez said.

“We’ve been focusing on fundamentals and getting better every game,” Stoddard added. “I think they came out and just had a little bit of jitters like our first game this morning. We had a good first half, we did things well, and our weakness is our speed. Diablo Valley realized that and they just kept running the fast break and they scored a lot of goals on us.”

The Trade Tech Beavers didn’t live up to their mascot’s grace in the water and repeatedly hit the crossbar effectively sealing the win for the Lancers.

“They had a couple near misses, I think they got up on us by four goals and they thought the game was over. They got a little bit ahead of themselves.”

In a season that’s seen many losses, this buzzer beater game highlighted the best of what the women’s water polo team can do.

“It started off sloppy but it got better at the end,” said Caroline Liu. “We just dealt with it minute by minute.”

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