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Viking Athletic Week in Review- 10/2/2017: Women’s Volleyball Celebrates Dig Pink Night with 7th Consecutive Win, Women’s Soccer Shines on Four-Game Winning Streak

From left to right: Jordan Diaz, Charity Lopes, Savannah Dingman
From left to right: Jordan Diaz, Charity Lopes, Savannah Dingman

Football- Passing of Current Viking Student Athlete, Tim Johnson

The No. 8 Long Beach City College Viking football team defeated the No. 12 Golden West College Rustlers 52-24 in their third away game on Saturday evening. Justin Prince and DeAnthony Jones both had interception returns for touchdowns for the Vikings. Cross Poyer led the defense with eight tackles and Elijah Bynum led the offense with two touchdowns and covering 71 yards. In total, Long Beach rushed for 477 yards and had 371 yards in the air. Last week, the Long Beach City College Athletics Department mourned the loss a of current football student-athlete, Tim Johnson. The football team will wear Johnson's initials as decals on their helmets in his honor and frame his jerseys to have on their sideline the rest of the season. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Men's Soccer- Vikings End Perfect Record With a Tie Against El Camino

The men's soccer team tied the El Camino Warriors 1-1 in their first conference game of the season on Tuesday afternoon at the Viking Soccer Field, and ultimately ending their perfect record. Both teams worked tirelessly and aggressive from the beginning of the first initial whistle. In the 59th minute, freshman defender Anthony Mejia scored the goal for Long Beach from a corner kick from freshman midfielder Ruben Mejivar. Sophomore goalkeeper Andres Figueroa-Flores held the defense together for the Vikings the entire game. The Warriors scored the final goal to tie the game in the 87th minute. Figueroa-Flores had two saves with three shots on goal. Sophomore forward Christopher Ribet, sophomore midfielder Fabio Mujica and freshman midfielder Ricardo Arroyo all had two shots on the Warriors cage. On Friday, the men's soccer team lost to Compton College 3-0. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Soccer-Women's Soccer Runs Past El Camino in First Conference Game

The Long Beach City College women's soccer team propelled past the El Camino Warriors in their 2-1 conference win on Tuesday afternoon. The Vikings grabbed the lead in the first half and held on until the final whistle. Freshman goalkeeper Briana Alarcon had four saves with five shots on goal in 90 minutes of work for the Vikings. Sophomore defender Maria Vitiello held the backline alongside with freshman Jessica Ochoa. The first goal was from a penalty kick in the 15th minute of the game from freshman defender Madison Slade. The second goal for the Vikings was from Jennifer Delgadillo, who dribbled past the defenders and the goalkeeper on a breakaway to bring the lead up 2-0. In the 76th minute of the game, El Camino scored their only goal, but the tension quickly thickened as the game wasn't over just yet. The game finished and the Vikings walked away with their first conference win of the season and their third consecutive win.To view the remainder of the schedule, click here.

Women's Volleyball- Women's Volleyball Celebrates Dig Pink Night

The No. 12 Long Beach City College women's volleyball team defeated Ventura College on Wednesday 3-1 and Chaffey College on Friday 3-0.  The Vikings celebrated Dig Pink Night at Friday's home game. The team brought awareness to Breast Cancer and all the proceeds raised from admission, donations and raffle items were given to the Side-Out Foundation. The women's volleyball team is on a seven-game winning streak and will face LA Harbor in their first conference game of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 4. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Water Polo

The women's water polo team had five away games this week. The Vikings earned their fourth conference win on Wednesday afternoon by defeating the Pasadena City College Lancers 15-4. They are currently are in first place and undefeated in the South Coast Conference. The Vikings also traveled to the Cuesta College Invitational this weekend, where they beat Fullerton College and American River College, but lost to Riverside City College and Santa Barbara City College. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Men's Cross Country

The Long Beach City College men's cross country team performed extremely well on Friday morning at the Coach Downey Cross Country Classic in San Diego. Both the men's and women's teams earned their best finishes of the season so far. The men's team placed third with a total time of 1:51:16 and average time of 22:15. Freshman Rafael Gonzalez placed third out of 62 athletes for the men's team with a total time of 21:09.9 and average mile time of 5:17.5. Freshman Donovan Zavala was next up to cross the finish line for the Vikings in 11th place with a time of 21:46.8. Freshmen Oscar Morales and Ruben Bramasco were side by side across the line, with finishing in 20th and 21st. To view the remaining schedule and results for men's cross country, click here.

Women's Cross Country- Diaz Takes First Place in Coach Downey XC Classic

The women's cross country team took second place overall in the Coach Downey Classic in San Diego with a total time of 1:59:17 and an average time of 23:51. Sophomore Destiny Diaz was the first place finisher for the women with a total time of 20:58.7 and an average mile time of 6:45.1, which was seven seconds better than the second-place finisher. Last year, Diaz placed second in the meet with a time of 21:34.9 with an average mile time of 6:56.7. Freshman Lilyanna Figueroa was the second top-10 finisher for the Vikings, with crossing the finish line in 6th place with a time of 21:59.6. Sophomores Seayanna Crawford and Ocean Sandoval followed closely behind in 13th and 14th to round out the top 20 finishers for the Vikings. To view the remaining schedule and results for women' cross country, click here.