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Viking Athletic Week in Review- 11/13/2017: Football and Water Polo Earn Conference Titles

From left to right Karlo Krmek, Austin Edwards, Andrea Edwards, Mike Wilson.
From left to right Karlo Krmek, Austin Edwards, Andrea Edwards, Mike Wilson.

Football- Football Wins Third-Consecutive Conference Title with Victory over El Camino
The Long Beach City College Football team defeated the El Camino Warriors 55-48 in their final conference game on Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Vikings clinched their third-consecutive National Central conference championship and their fourth-straight War Axe win. The War Axe trophy represents the Vikings' and Warriors' mascots and is awarded each year to the winner of the cross-town rivalry game. The Vikings wasted no time getting on the scoreboard by opening the game with a 45 yard throw from sophomore quarterback Grant Lowary to sophomore wide receiver Mike Wilson for the first touchdown of the game. The Warriors answered back with a 33 yard field goal with eight minutes left in the quarter. Lowary and Wilson took to the air again with another touchdown to end the quarter with a 14-3 lead. Freshman kicker Clay D'Amico rose to the occasion by nailing a 45 yard field goal to extend the lead for the Vikings 24-10. Overall, D'Amico kicked two field goals, was two-for-two in extra points and totaled eight points for Long Beach. After D'Amico's field goal, El Camino put themselves back on the board with another touchdown. Byrd then returned the Warriors' kick-off with an 87 yard touchdown. The Warriors had one more in them in the half and scored one more touchdown to bring the score up to 31-24, but it wasn't enough for to take the lead away from the Vikings. In the beginning of the second half, D'Amico hit his second field goal from 29 yards, freshman running back Elijah Bynum scored his first touchdown and Byrd ended the third quarter with his third end zone run to bring the score up 48-24. The Warriors came out into the fourth quarter with some offensive momentum. They scored in the 12th minute, followed by a fumble, in which was recovered and scored into a 45 yard touchdown by defensive back Tim Tyler. The Vikings finalized their third conference title win, which they share with Riverside City College and Mount San Antonio College, 55-48. With the victory, the Vikings' also clinched their fourth-straight bowl game appearance. The Vikings will host Bakersfield College for the second-consecutive year in the 2017 Patriotic Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. To view the remaining schedule, click here.

Men's Soccer - Men's Soccer Draws to Cerritos 1-1
The men's soccer team played three games this week. In the first game on Tuesday, the Vikings tied Rio Hondo College 1-1. The men's soccer team came to a 1-1 draw against Cerritos in their final home conference game on Thursday evening at the Viking Soccer Field. The Falcons were first to get on the board with a goal in the 43rd minute. Coming into the half, sophomore midfielder Fabio Mujica scored in the 63rd minute off a rebound from the post. This was Mujica's first goal of the season. The Vikings and the Falcons remained at a standstill for the rest of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Andres Figueroa-Flores was undeniable in between the posts with four saves throughout the game. The Vikings played Cerrito College once more on Saturday and fell to the Falcons 2-1. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Soccer- Vikings Dominate Compton College in Conference Game
The women's soccer team also had three games last week. In the first game on Tuesday afternoon, the Vikings tied Rio Hondo College 1-1. In their second game of the week against Cerritos College, the women's soccer team fell to the Cerritos College Falcons 2-0 in their final home game of the season. Freshman Angelique Anguiano was a force in the cage in her debut as goalkeeper for the Vikings. Anguiano totaled five tremendous saves in ninety minutes of work. The Vikings battled with the Falcons the entire first half. The two teams competed defensively with their powerful backlines. In the second half, Cerritos knocked in their first goal at the 62 minute mark. Their second goal came in final five extra minutes to seal the heart-breaking win. The Vikings played the Cerritos Falcons again on Saturday, Nov. 11, but fell once more 2-0.  To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Volleyball
Women's volleyball's sixteen-game winning streak was snapped by El Camino College on Wednesday, Nov. 8. With the loss, the Vikings are set to tie for first place in the SCC-South Standings with El Camino. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Men's Water Polo
The No. 2 men's water polo team participated in the 2017 CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs this weekend at LA Valley College after claiming the South Coast Conference Title. Over the weekend, the Vikings defeated Cuesta College (8-6) and LA Valley College (8-7), to clinch a spot in the 2017 State Championships. On Saturday afternoon, the Vikings fell to Golden West College in the SoCal Regionals Championship game 14-12. The Vikings will be back in action this weekend at Cuesta College in the 2017 State Championships. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Water Polo
The No.8 women's water polo team also participated in the 2017 CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs this weekend at LA Valley College after claiming their second-consecutive South Coast Conference Title. Over the weekend, the Vikings defeated Cerritos College 9-4. The Vikings advanced to play Golden West in the semi-finals for a spot in the State Championships, but fell 8-4. The Vikings finished their season 20-9 overall and perfect in conference with an 11-0 record.

Men's Basketball- Men's Basketball Defeats Santa Ana in Overtime
The men's basketball team hosted their first home games this week with two back-to-back wins against Cypress College (78-66) and Santa Ana College (93-89 OT).  The Vikings outshot their the Santa Ana College Dons in free throws and three-pointers to seal their overtime win. Freshman guard Jeremiah Sadler opened the game with a three-point shot with a perfect assist from sophomore guard William English. English was next at the line with two free throws to extend the Vikings' lead. Long Beach powered through the first half by leading the Dons by 12 points. Freshman guard Jamiu Akinbile dominated with 10 points, five rebounds and one assist to complete the first half. With four minutes left on the clock, Santa Ana tied the game 33-33 with a three pointer. Then they extended their lead 47-33 by the final minute of the first half. Freshman forward Matthew Wooten wasn't ready to end the half just yet and slammed in a drunk with the assist from Akinbile to end the half 38-52. In the second half of the game, Wooten was the first to score for Long Beach. Santa Ana College kept pressing offensively and led the Vikings by 16 points at the start of the second half. Long Beach picked up their offense and tied it back up with nine minutes left in the game. The Dons and the Vikings continued to exchange the lead and tied the game in the second half 80-80 to go in to overtime. Freshman guard Nicolas Stuart tipped in the first shot for the Vikings in OT, followed by four points from Sadler and English. With one minute left on the clock, Sadler scored a three-pointer to seal the lead for the Vikings. Sadler and freshman guard Jordan Heard finished the game with free throws and claimed the Vikings 93-89 OT victory over the Dons. The Vikings will play again on Thursday, Nov. 16 against Ventura College in the Irvine Valley Classic at 8 p.m. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.