Catching up with Girl's Water Polo

The Girl's water polo team is in full swing this season. Here are Coach Brandon Duck's thoughts on the season so far. On January 25th we played Orange Glen, a team with very new players just like us. Our girls fundamentals are sound and it showed as Wednesday and Thursdays games carry mixed emotions. On the good side, we strolled our way to a 11-1 win. Senior Shiloh Jan lead the team with 5 goals, most coming in the first half. She was supported strongly by junior Riley Singley with 4 goals and 3 assists. Senior Paulina Gonzalez-Garcia tacked on the final goal to end the game. The game against league opponent Mission Bay on January 26th was a tough battle. Opportunities came in bunches, but it just seemed as though we couldn't just get the ball into the back of the cage. A decent first half had us in a position to strike back and make it a game, but our goal scoring opportunities went unfinished, whereas mission bay finished theirs. Game ended in a slow downfall, plummeting to a 13-5 loss. Riley Singley lead the team offensively with 3 goals, followed by Erin Vandertie with 1 and Julia Bennett hitting a goal late in the fourth quarter, rounding out our whopping 5 for 30 shot night. (30 opportunities, 5 goals). The El Capitan Invite was a great opportunity for our girls water polo team to get some experience, with 4 games in 2 days. On Monday we started with two games against decent opponents. We stayed strong throughout both games, but with multiple key players missing couldn't stay with both teams for all four quarters. We fell to Mater Dei 12-6 and 9-2 against Clairemont. Saturday was a struggle, missing even more players due to sickness, we battled hard, but couldn't quite get any momentum on offense. Taking two more losses against Olympian and Hilltop. Overall it was a learning experience, and with key players missing, it gave us a chance to explore new strategies and allow some players who normally wouldn't see as much play time the chance to step up, which some did."

by Brad Sandusky