by Harrison Homel | October 9th, 2011
The conference began with the biggest rivalry of the season. On the type of October afternoon that makes the casual observer believe autumn is a myth, UCLA and University of Southern California took the pitch in the first of a series of conference games that will run through the semester.
The two teams join Occidental College, Moorpark College and the Hollywood Harpies community team in a race for glory, and the coveted (though not yet constructed) LAQC trophy.
Six months since their last match, both teams have changed significantly. UCLA was fielding a team of hardened veterans, most of whom are on their way to the World Cup this November, with some new positions and tactics. USC, meanwhile, fielded a solid mix of the new and more experienced players. Of course, while some things change, others stay the same: their schools’ rivalry is legend, and both were ready to add another win to their column.
Though UCLA swept the three competitive games they played, 70-60, 110-60, and 90-0, those numbers don’t give the games justice. Both teams played very aggressive offense, keeping with the Western proclivity for taking their keepers coast-to-coast. By the final snitch snatch, courtesy of UCLA’s Jeff Lin, both teams were ready for a rest. After pizza, donuts, and horchata, the teams parted ways, promising to see one another soon. Next time, it’ll be in New York City.