In a non-league boys water polo game played at the Lompoc Aquatic Center Monday, the host Lompoc Braves jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one quarter in the first game of the season.
After that it was all Panthers in a 19-6 win.
“We started off slow,” explained Pioneer Valley coach Kevin Jauregui. “Lompoc’s defense was set to stop our best scorer and they were effective with that in the first quarter.”
The Panthers then exploded for eight goals in the second and seven in the third as their defense began to cause turnovers.
“We had a lot of steals and counter attack goals in the second,” Jauregui said. “And we started to force them to stay outside.”
Andrew Huitron led PV with six goals, followed by Ian Gransky with four and three each from David Cortez and Kevin Moreno. Andrew Litzinger added a pair og goals and Anthony Sauceda had one.
In the first game of the season, lompoc coach Taylor Emery was pleased with the overall effort.
“We kept the intensity up the entire game,” he said. “We did get a little tired in the second though, Pioneer was the better conditioned team.
“We had a couple of mental lapses, but we played well together.”
Lompoc (0-1) will host St. Joseph on Thursday at the Aquatic Center while Pioneer Valley (4-7, 0-1 PAC 7) will host San Luis Obispo this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in another conference game.
Lompoc 268, Morro Bay 295
MacKenzee Chambers was the medalist for the Los Padres League dual match played at the Morro Bay Golf Club.
Chambers shot a 50 for the Braves, followed by Sarandon Vickery and Celeste Kamery who both shot 52.
Morro Bay was led by Lily Keogh at 51.
Both teams will next compete in the weekly Los Padres League tournament Thursday at La Purisima beginning at 2 p.m.