Varsity boys’ water polo wins against Rowland
The winning season continues for varsity boysâ€™ 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.
â€śAt first, we started off relaxed and thought we had an easy win,â€ť Eldemerdash said. â€śBut 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.â€ť
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 Rowlandâ€™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.
â€śI thought that it was a decent [half], but we could have played a lot betterâ€ť Green said. â€śWe didnâ€™t think of all of our options. We got good looks but we didnâ€™t finish our shots, but all we needed to do was play smarter and move the ball where it needed to be.â€ť
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 Eldemerdashâ€™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.
â€śEven with the win, we still [have to] stay focused. Before the game, we can also make better passes and less sloppy plays,â€ť Harijanto said. â€śI feel confident that we can beat all the other teams. Weâ€™ve played some very tough teams in our tournaments. I also feel like we have a shot at winning CIF this season.â€ť
By Andre Alvarez, Staff writer
Photo by Kyle Lin