OCC Sports Recap

After impressive regular season showings from Orange Coast College’s water polo teams, both men’s and women’s programs placed in the Orange Empire Conference Championships.

Men’s Water Polo

Seeded as the No. 3 team in the OEC Championships, the Pirates blew Fullerton College out of the water with an 18-1 victory in the first round.

After falling short to Saddleback College in the semifinals 13-10, OCC was forced into the third place game on Nov. 6.

Defeating Riverside 14-12, men’s water polo ended the season with a third-place finish in the OEC.

Women’s Water Polo

OCC had the luxury of a first-round bye in the OEC Championships, and after pulling out a win against Riverside in the semifinals, earned a date with the reigning state champion Fullerton Hornets in the Conference Championship Finals.

The Hornets offense proved too powerful to overcome, and OCC was forced into a second place title after an 11-7 loss in the final.

Women’s Basketball

OCC suffered a 61-44 loss to Victor Valley College in their season opener on Nov. 2. Pirates guard Kabrina Cabrera led the team with 24 points on 50% shooting from the field.

On Nov. 5, OCC rebounded in a big way, defeating San Diego Mesa College 89-67 at home. Cabrera drained six three-pointers en route to a 31-point performance.

The Pirates will host Chaffey College at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 for their third game of the season.

Men’s Basketball

In three straight games last week, the Pirates opened the basketball season 2-1. After a loss to Palomar College on Nov. 4, OCC rebounded with back-to-back wins against Rio Hondo and Copper Mountain College, both of which were part of the Miramar College Tournament. 

Pirates guard Jydon Hall scored 38 points between the two tournament games, and leads the team with 19 points per game.

OCC will play San Diego City College in the Knights Invitational Tournament starting on Friday at 3 p.m. 

Women’s Volleyball

The Pirates lost a non-conference game against Ventura College 3-1 on Nov. 2.

The next day, OCC pummeled OEC-rival Riverside College 3-0. Opposite hitter Summer Hanks, who has won Player of the Week honors by the California Community Colleges Athletic Association this season, scored a team-leading 18 points in the win.

Hanks and the rest of the Pirates squad will host Golden West College for their next game Wednesday at 6 p.m.

OCC will also travel to conference-leading Cypress College on Friday for a 6 p.m. conference matchup.

Men’s Soccer

The Pirates (5-8-4, 1-6-3) took a 4-1 loss to Cypress College on Nov. 2. OCC forward Jesus Olague scored the only goal of the night for the Pirates. Extensive coverage of the Pirates’ loss can be read here.

On Nov. 5, OCC forced a 1-1 draw with Irvine Valley College after defender Connor Wright’s goal at the 41’ mark, assisted by midfielder Jesus Flores.

The Pirates, with only two games left in the regular season, will play their final home game on Tuesday against Golden West College at 3 p.m. Their season will conclude with an away game Friday versus Santa Ana College starting at 3 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

The Pirates (7-10-3, 2-8-2) went 1-1-2 in conference play in a jam-packed four game schedule last week. 

On Nov. 2, OEC-leading Cypress kept a clean sheet against the Pirates 3-0, improving their record to 8-1-2 in conference.

OCC tied IVC 1-1 the next day. It took until Nov. 5 for the Pirates to get back into the win column, again at IVC, with a 3-1 victory at home. Forward Eden Makaafi scored two goals for the Pirates in the winning effort.

This week, the women’s soccer team has already begun their two-game series against GWC, tying the Rustlers 2-2 on Monday. The deciding game of the series will be played Tuesday at GWC at 3 p.m.

OCC’s final game of the season is on Friday, at home versus Santa Ana at 3 p.m.

Football

OCC showed out in their final home game of the season, holding off La Harbor College 40-30 on Nov. 6.

Pirates quarterback Brandon Cannella led the offense with 234 yards passing and three touchdowns.

OCC will travel to West L.A. College for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.

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