So what's been more impressive to Cerritos College women's soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez, his team's high-powered offense that has scored 30 goals in six games or its stingy defense that has yet to allow a goal so far in 2008?
What answer did you think a coach would give?
"I'm more impressed with the defense," Gonzalez said Tuesday afternoon. "We know we can score. Last year we gave up a lot of easy goals and this year we're learning we have to play better defense."
The defending state champions are 5-0-1 so far, with the only blemish a scoreless draw against Cosumnes River in the second game of the year. The Falcons avenged that result a week later with a 6-0 victory.
Gonzalez specifically mentioned the play of sophomore defenders Desiree Cardenas and Tara Corcoran as well as freshmen Luliana Maldonado, Marleen Alamilla and Sam Ramirez.
"It took us a couple games to get it going," Gonzalez said "... but I think we're starting to click a little better."
Goalies Chantal Cervero (4-0) and Tiffany Hollis (1-0-1) have faced just 21 combined shots in 540 minutes of play.
But the offense hasn't been too bad, either. Sophomore forward Monique Cisneros, who scored the game-winning goal in last season's state championship game, has continued her stellar play this year.
Cisneros has nine goals, including six in her last two games. Corina Villegas, Liliana Leos and Nadia Gonzalez have scored three goals apiece.
After playing six games in less than two weeks, the Falcons don't play again until Sept. 19 when they travel to Florida to play Polk County College.
Cerritos is ranked No. 2 nationally in the latest NSCAA Division III (nonscholarship JCs) poll. Cypress is currently ranked No. 6 in the same poll. On the men's side, Cerritos is ranked sixth.
In the pool
Cerritos' women's water polo team went 4-0 at the season-opening Cuesta Tournament last weekend with victories over Santa Monica (17-0), Foothill (15-1), San Joaquin Delta (13-8) and host Cuesta (18-6).
Freshman utility Adriana Rodriguez led the Falcons with 10 goals and 10 steals at the tournament while sophomore Stephanie Rosero had nine goals and nine steals.
Cerritos travels to the Chaffey Tournament this weekend, and Coach Sergio Macias said he'll have a better idea of where his team stands after that. The Falcons will play defending state champion Riverside as well as Orange Coast, Santa Rosa and Santa Ana.
The Long Beach City women's team went 3-1 at the Cypress Invitational last weekend. The Vikings, who placed third in the state last season, lost their opener to Sierra, 7-6, before rebounding with victories over Cypress (22-5), Orange Coast (8-4) and Santa Ana (17-2).
LBCC opens South Coast Conference play at home Sept.17 against L.A. Trade Tech.
The newest addition
Congratulations are in order for LBCC Sports Information Director Chris Ruiz and his wife Sarah, who welcomed their first child on Sept. 6.
Little Olivia Marie Ruiz weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces at birth. All three are healthy, happy and glad to be home.