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2008 Fall Season in Review

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2008 Fall Season in Review

By Danny Johnson
GWC Sports Information Officer

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The Golden West College Athletic Department has housed at least one new State Championships trophy in 28 of the past 31 years. Since 1966 Golden West College has been marked as the most successful Athletic Program in the State. The Rustlers are proud owners of 72 State Championships, 163 Conference Championships, and 365 All American Selections.

Fall Season Review:

Men’s Water Polo – 33-2 capturing the Orange Empire Championships, Southern California Championships, and the 2008 State Championships. Head Coach Scott Taylor coached his seventh consecutive Conference Championship, his seventh consecutive Southern California Championship, and his second State Title.

Football – made their mark on the newly established American Mountain Conference with a record of 5-2. The Rustlers defeated LA Harbor, SD Mesa, Compton, San Bernardino Valley, Mt. San Jacinto, and Saddleback in what was their most successful season in over two decades.

Men’s Soccer – took on the challenge of being in the toughest conference in the state. The 5-13-4 Rustlers were plagued with injuries throughout the season. Under the direction of Matt Wells, the men’s program has already bounced back and is ready for the 2009 campaign.

Women’s Volleyball – defeated Orange Coast College in the first round of conference play. With the success of their season, they qualified for regional playoffs eliminating San Diego Mesa in the first round, but were knocked out in the second round by the 2007 State Champions, El Camino.

Women’s Water Polo – under the direction of Kyle Kopp, the Lady Rustlers found themselves vying for a spot for the State Championship Tournament. The Rustlers finished third in conference and were knocked out of the regional tournament in the second round by 2007 State Champions, Riverside. Despite missing the state playoffs, Kopp and his team are back at it, rebuilding and training again for another State Championship run.

Women’s Soccer – The Lady Rustlers posted more wins in the 2008 season than in any other time in school history. Eliminating soccer powerhouses such as Santa Ana, Saddleback, and Irvine Valley. The women are on their way to their most successful season. The team is in their early stages of building a successful soccer program that will house the prominent female soccer players in the county.

Cross Country – with multiple invitational competitions on their season schedule, both the men and women programs left their mark and proudly represented Golden West. The men and women teams concluded yet another successful season.