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Glendale High boys' water polo bests rival Hoover

Water polo: Though not at their best, Nitros swim past Tornadoes, 19-10.

October 23, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Glendale's Manuk Piloyan looks for the shot as Hoover' s Hakop Kaplanyan defends during a Pacific League cross-town rivalry match at Pasadena City College on Wednesday. The Nitros won, 19-10. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Glendale's Manuk Piloyan looks for the shot as Hoover'…

PASADENA — Cross-town rivals Hoover and Glendale highs traveled east for a boys’ water polo Pacific League matchup in the pool at Pasadena City College in the final regular-season contest in league competition for both squads.

The host Nitros came in with the chance to finish their Pacific League schedule undefeated and, despite playing with a self-diagnosed lack of focus, they came through with a 19-10 victory late Wednesday afternoon.

“We weren’t focused enough,” Nitro Artak Arzumanyan said. “I mean, it is good that we won. We beat the rival team and that is always good, but we could have beat them by more. We could have played a much better game as a team. ... We did the bare minimum that we could do to win and that was bad on our part.”

With the win, Glendale (15-6, 6-0), two-time defending champion in the Pacific, completes regular-season league play with a perfect record for the third straight season.

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PHOTOS: Glendale vs. Hoover boys water polo

“This is our third straight season going undefeated, which is pretty exciting,” fifth-year coach Forest Holbrook said. “We’ve got a big game on Friday against Los Altos; I’m hoping that our team came out a little rusty in this one because they are focusing on that. Just a weird game for us today.”

Glendale jumped out early and, by the end, the Nitros had doubled up Hoover (6-13, 2-4) on the scoreboard, leading, 4-2, after one quarter. Glendale’s Artak Arzumanyan’s steal and subsequent pass to Manuk Piloyan set up a one-on-one chance against Hoover goalkeeper David Petrosyan, which the junior converted for the game’s first score. Barely a minute later, Arzumanyan took a long outlet pass from Arman Momdzhyan and scored on a skip shot for a two-goal advantage early in the first.

Tornado Hakop Baghumian then scored the first of his four goals at the 3:23 mark after a Glendale foul left him an open look at the cage, cutting the lead to 2-1. However, a minute later, Momdzhyan scored on a five-meter penalty shot. In the final two minutes, the teams traded goals, with Baghumian and then Piloyan each getting their second goals.

The rest of the game would mirror the first period, with Piloyan (five goals), Momdzhyan (six goals), and Arzumanyan accounting for a the bulk of Glendale’s offense.

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