Sophmore Center-Forward Stephanie Velasco making the pass to her team mates at the Aqatic Center on Wednesday, September 18,2014. (Daniel Nerio/Courier)
Sophomore Center-Forward Stephanie Velasco scored four goals and added four assists in the Lancers’ 26-5 victory over LA Trade Tech on Wednesday. (Daniel Nerio/Courier)

The Women’s Water Polo team never trailed on Wednesday afternoon as they dominated the LA Trade Tech Beavers, 26-5, in their home opener at the PCC Aquatic Center.

The Lancers improved to 1-1 on the season, as well in South Coast Conference play.

Pasadena came out firing, as sophomore center-forward Stephanie Velasco scored the game’s first goal at the 7:31 mark of the first quarter. Velasco led the Lancers in goals during their 2013 campaign.

LA Trade Tech answered back 26 seconds later, and that would be the closest they would get for the remainder of the afternoon.

Velasco responded with another laser beam past the Beavers’ goalie just 14 seconds later.

PCC was firing on all cylinders. They were head and shoulders above the Beavers in literally all aspects of the game.

“We started working well together,” observed head coach Terry Stoddard. “There was a lot more team work than last game.”

As the Lancers were able to continuously get nice looks close to the goal, the Beavers could not break through Pasadena’s defense and they settled for lower percentage shots around the perimeter. Sharon Perez deflected just about anything that came her way. If a ball managed to get through, sophomore goalie Alenoush Aslanin was routinely in position to make the save.

At one point, the Beavers’ goalie could be heard coaxing her team, “Move! Move!” The Lancers defense was too much to handle.

“We walled them out really well,” added Stoddard.

PCC looks to improve to 2-1 as they travel to Rio Hondo College next Wednesday. Even after the impressive win, there are still areas that need improvement.

“We scored mostly on counters today,” Velasco said. “We need to work on setting up, spreading out, and getting into set.”

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