PHOTO & STORY BY: CRISTIAN SANDOVAL
The start of Cypress 2022 fall sports is finally underway for women’s volleyball and for both men’s and women’s soccer, and water polo.
The start to the men’s soccer season has gotten off to a slow start. The team under Cristian Rus has only been able to come out victorious in one of their four games played so far. The Chargers currently stand in third place of the Orange Empire Conference with a record of 1-1-2. Cypress started out the season with a 1-1 draw against Palomar College in their season opening game. In their home opener, the chargers suffered their first loss of the season against Long Beach College 2-1. After their home opener, the chargers had a stretch of back-to-back home games against Compton College, in which Rus’ team came out with a 1-1 draw, and Citrus College, which resulted in a 2-1 victory over the Owls, giving Cypress their first win of the season.
On the other hand, the women’s soccer team under Erick Hurtarte, are looking to replicate last season’s success that took them all the way to the CCCAA State Championship. Unfortunately, the Chargers suffered a devastating defeat in the state championship against Hartnell College that ended the Chargers dream of being back on the mountain top. Hurtartes’ team has begun this season on a great note. The Chargers are currently in a three way tie for first place in the Orange Empire Conference with Orange Coast College and Saddleback College, all with a record of 3-0-1.
The men’s water polo have started their season rolling through their opponents, as Mark Canners’ team managed to win their first five games of the season. Despite their great start, the Chargers have stumbled against their last two opponents, Las Positas College and Merced College, having lost back-to-back games. Cypress has been able to average 15.86 goals per game and have scored a total of 111 goals in their first seven games of the season.
At the same time the women’s water polo team have been a scoring machine in their first three games of the season. The Chargers started their season with victories against Rio Hondo College and Santa Monica College. In their first two games of the season, Cypress combined for a total of 38 goals and only managed to receive a total of three. The Chargers currently stand in fourth place of the Orange Empire Conference with a record of 2-1.
Meanwhile, women’s volleyball has been on a hot start and making an impact. The Chargers started out their season with a 1-1 record but managed to go on a seven game winning streak. Four of those games came from the L.A. Mission Classic tournament, in which the Chargers ended up winning going undefeated. Nancy Wellivers’ team sits with an 8-2 record that places them in fourth place of the Orange Empire Conference.