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Viking Athletic Week in Review- 11/20/2017: Football wins 2017 Patriotic Bowl, Men’s Water Polo Takes Third in State

From left to right: Siosiua Vaea, Milshon Lathan, Ricardo Arroyo, Fabio Mujica, Mario Moran.
From left to right: Siosiua Vaea, Milshon Lathan, Ricardo Arroyo, Fabio Mujica, Mario Moran.

Football- Long Beach Wins 2017 Patriotic Bowl Over Bakersfield, 37-10
The No. 13 Long Beach City College football team defeated the No. 15 Bakersfield College Renegades on Saturday evening 37-10 in the 2017 Patriotic Bowl in the final game of the season at Veterans Memorial Stadium. This is the fourth bowl win and third-consecutive bowl win under Head Coach Brett Peabody. Sophomore defensive lineman Gilbert "Bubba" Valera came to play in the first quarter. Within the first five minutes, Valera already acquired two sacks against the Renegades' quarterback for a loss of 15 yards. With a minute left of the clock and a 12 play, 83-yard drive, the Vikings finally put up the first points of the game with sophomore wide receiver Cedric Byrd in the end zone from a swift pass from sophomore quarterback Grant Lowary. The Vikings came to life in the second quarter with Byrd from up top scoring his second touchdown from a 43-yard pass from Lowary. Then with five minutes left, Long Beach blocked a punt from Bakersfield and freshman defensive back Semj Parker returned the favor with the Vikings' third touchdown to lead 21-0. Bakersfield answered back before the half with a 34-yard field goal to end the first half 21-3. Long Beach kept the offensive momentum going in the third quarter. Freshman kicker Clay D'Amico scored a 28-yard field goal after a 10 play, 65-yard drive within the first three minutes off the second half. Then sophomore running back Darrion Naylor scored the fourth touchdown for the Vikings on a 10-yard run. The Vikings final touchdown was a high-flying 59-yard pass from Lowary to sophomore wide receiver Mike Wilson to extend the Vikings' lead 37-3. The Renegades struck once more with their only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter to seal the Vikings' 2017 Patriotic Bowl win 37-10. At the conclusion of the game, the Vikings totaled 335 passing and 3265 overall for the season. Lowary was named the Offensive Player of the Game for the 2017 Patriotic Bowl after passing 335 yards with three touchdown passes. The Most Valuable Player of the Game Award went to Gilbert "Bubba" Valera for being the powerful force on defense. Valera had six tackles, two QB hurries, a block and totaled three sacks against the Renegades for a combined loss of 25 yards. The Vikings finished the 2017 season with an 8-3 overall record that ended on a two-game winning streak.

Men's Soccer - Vikings Fall to Oxnard College in SoCal Regionals
The Long Beach City College Men's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to Oxnard College on Saturday in an opening round game of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. This was the fourth meeting between the Vikings and the Condors in the SoCal Regionals and the tenth postseason appearance under head coach Cameron Beaulac. Long Beach scored first in the 7th minute of the game with a goal from sophomore forward Christopher Ribet with the assist by freshman midfielder Jesse Alvarez. The Condors answered back in the 22nd minute of the game with a corner kick assist to a goal to tie the game 1-1. Oxnard scored once more in the first half from a free kick straight to the left corner of the Vikings' goal. The second half remained scoreless and the Vikings ended the game with a loss to the Condors 2-1. Ribet and Alvarez both had two shots on goal and sophomore goalkeeper Andres Figueroa-Flores had three saves with five shots on goal in 90 minutes of prime time. The Vikings ended their 2017 season with an 11-6-5 overall record with a 3-2-3 South Coast Conference mark.

Women's Soccer- Six Women's Soccer Athletes Earn All-SCC Honors
The South Coast Conference (SCC) announced that six Long Beach City College women's soccer athletes were named to the All-SCC south division first and second teams. Freshman defender Jessica Ochoa, freshman forward Victoria Gonzalez and sophomore midfielder Alana Rouse brought in first-team honors, while sophomore defender Savannah Dingman, sophomore midfielder Casey Angers and sophomore defender Aubree Furman earned second-team accolades. Ochoa started in 16 games this season as the solid unit of defense for the Vikings. Not only was she unbeatable on the backline, but she helped on offense with three shots on goal during the season. Gonzalez was a force on the field with powering in six goals for Long Beach. During conference, she was a constantly a threat on offense with 19 attempts on goal. Rouse was the perfect universal player for the Vikings. She performed incredibly on offense and defense as a midfielder. As a second-year veteran for the Vikings, Rouse capped off her Viking career with 33 total game starts. Dingman earns recognition with excellent defense on the left side. She was always first for throw-ins and provided top offense when needed with 14 shots this season. Angers finished her Viking career as a top midfielder with 35 total game starts, four goals and four assists. Angers was a reliable and skilled player that dominated on first-touches. Furman was a part of the solid defensive unit on the right side of the field. As the kicking force of the team, she nailed all corner kicks and free passes with precision and accuracy. This season, Furman shined on the field with four goals and five assists.

Women's Volleyball
No. 10 volleyball will travel to No. 7 Santa Barbara City College on Nov. 21 for the SoCal Regional Playoffs at 6 p.m. 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 State Championships this weekend at Cuesta College. The Vikings fell to West Valley College (11-10), but then defeated Sierra College (13-10) to clinch third place.

Cross Country
Three cross country athletes advanced to compete at the CCCAA State Championships this weekend in Woodward Park, Fresno. Women's cross country athlete, Destiny Diaz came in 80th place with a time of 20:32.80. Men's cross country athletes, Rafael Gonzalez came in 57th with a 21:37.80 time and Donovan Zavala finished in 109th with a time of 22:21.10.

Men's Basketball
Men's basketball ball participated in the Irvine Valley Tournament over the weekend. On Thursday, Nov. 16, the Vikings lost to Ventura College 65-54, but then defeated Cuyamaca College 54-47. The Vikings advanced to the next round and brought home another win against Canyons 83-72. Freshman forward Matthew Wooten made the All-Tournament team with scoring a total of 38 points during the tournament. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Basketball
The women's basketball team suffered their first loss of the season over the weekend in the Palomar Comet Classic in the Championship game. The Vikings defeated Reedley College (63-54) last Friday afternoon and then on Saturday, the Vikings took home another win against Grossmont College (70-54) in the Championship Semifinals. In the Championship game against Palomar on Sunday, the Vikings' five-game winning streak was snapped 65-82. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.