The Riverside City College men's water polo team kicked off Orange Empire Conference (OEC) Championship play on Friday morning as the third seed and faced off against the second-seeded Orange Coast College Pirates. After Riverside held a 3-2 lead after the opening quarter of play, they were unable to hold off a powerful Pirates offense that outscored the Tigers 10-2 in the following three quarters leading to a 12-5 loss.
Sophomore Alexis Gutierrez paced Riverside on the offensive front as seen in two netters while drawing one ejection. Freshman tandem Kenny Wulf and Ethan Saenz each scored one goal with Saenz dishing out one assist.
Riverside will face off against the Saddleback College Gauchos in the third-place game on Saturday, November 3 at 10:20 a.m.