Varsity boys’ water polo wins against Rowland

The winning season continues for varsity boys’ water polo as it defeated Rowland 15-11 on Wednesday, Sept. 28th and improved to a 14-2 record overall.

Utility junior Peter Harijanto led the defense with four steals while goalkeeper junior Hassan Eldemerdash blocked a total of three shots. Driver sophomore Kyle Green led the offense by scoring four of eight shots from the field.

“At first, we started off relaxed and thought we had an easy win,” Eldemerdash said. “But when we saw that Rowland improved and started getting close, the team came together and got some momentum which helped us pick it up right away.”

The score was contested with Walnut ahead 4-3 at the end of the first quarter. Rowland responded by outscoring the Mustangs by one point in the second quarter, and Rowland’s defense limited Walnut to scoring one goal, tying the game 5-5. Green scored two goals out of four attempts in the first half, while the rest of the team scored a total of three goals.

“I thought that it was a decent [half], but we could have played a lot better” Green said. “We didn’t think of all of our options. We got good looks but we didn’t finish our shots, but all we needed to do was play smarter and move the ball where it needed to be.”

Entering the third quarter, Walnut looked to rebound from a low scoring first half, and Green scored a goal to put the Mustangs ahead with a lead of 7-6. The momentum continued as Walnut ended the quarter taking a 9-7 lead.

Late in the fourth quarter, Harijanto and Eldemerdash’s defense and a goal by Green put the Mustangs on a 6-4 run to help secure a win as they went on to defeat Rowland, 15-11.
“Even with the win, we still [have to] stay focused. Before the game, we can also make better passes and less sloppy plays,” Harijanto said. “I feel confident that we can beat all the other teams. We’ve played some very tough teams in our tournaments. I also feel like we have a shot at winning CIF this season.”

By Andre Alvarez, Staff writer
Photo by Kyle Lin

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