Chapman men’s water polo team continued its six-game winning streak with a 12-9 victory over Concordia (6-8).
Chapman had a rocky start, giving up two goals within the first two minutes of the match. However, they soon found that they would have to play hard if they wanted to win their homecoming match against Concordia.
“It is always more fun when we have a close game because it tests our abilities and we can show how hard we work,” said senior driver Chase Middlesworth.
The first quarter Chapman trailed 4-3, with goals by junior utility Willis Allen, senior driver Dor Apffel and senior utility player Jake Gross.
With 1:32 left in the first half, the Panthers took over the lead with a score of 7-6 and managed to make two more goals before the end of the half. The goals in the second quarter were scored by senior driver Mark Alvarado, junior utility Garrett Aanestad, Middlesworth, Apffel and two by Gross.
By the end of the first half, Chapman held the lead, 9-6.
The score by the end of the third quarter was 11-7 with an efficient offensive and defensive drive where the Panthers scored two goals, while only being scored on once. The two goals were scored by Allen and Apffel.
“I like getting changed around because it keeps the game interesting for me,” Allen said. “I have been playing utility since I was young and it’s nice to be able to play all of the positions because I can help the team out wherever need be.”
Chapman’s offense struggled in the fourth, where it only managed to score one goal, by Allen. At the same time, Concordia managed to score twice. Although the Panthers let their guard down, they still managed to hold Concordia from scoring more goals, and won their homecoming match.
“The fans really helped us, I think,” Allen said. “It helps a lot to get motivated when we are down and losing to have a lot of people in the stands. And a lot of people came out to the game so big thanks to everyone who did because I think they really did help us win.”
Chapman is ranked in first place for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) with nine wins and seven losses.
Chapman’s next match is at California Lutheran Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. The next home match is on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. against Redlands.
“These last two weekends have been really fun,” Gross said. We’ve won 6 straight games now that count. Everyone has realized their role on the team and we are ready for our SCIAC games to start.”