Varsity Boys Water Polo defeats Charter Oak

Varsity boys water polo defeated Charter Oak 18-3 in a home game Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Driver senior Jovian Peng scored the first goal of the game. After repeated fakes, driver sophomore Brandon Fabrega scored another two goals for Walnut. Hole set senior Preston Patam assisted goalkeeper sophomore Austin Johnson, who played on the field for Wednesday’s game, in scoring, ending the first half 11-2.

“I feel like we’re more in tune with each other now,” driver sophomore Jasper Huang said. “We know how everyone on the team acts and plays, and it’s easier to play with each other when we get along.”

Charter Oak gained possession at the beginning of the third, but lost their momentum after set guard sophomore Riley Ruh scored a long shot four minutes into the quarter. Ruh then scored his third goal of the game from a penalty after being fouled. Peng scored with one minute remaining, ending the third quarter 14-2.

“I had missed a few practices before, and I made some mistakes during the game,” wing junior Ryan Chu said. “We won as a team, but I feel like I could’ve personally played better.”

Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, attacker senior Taylor Torreyson assisted Johnson in scoring the first goal of the quarter. Two minutes later, attacker junior Matthew Au scored, extending the Mustangs’ lead to 16-2. In the final minute of the quarter, hole set freshman Russell Soo scored, ending the game 18-3.

“You can’t [play] water polo without teamwork, so I think teamwork is a really strong benefit in water polo,” Soo said. “If a team doesn’t have good chemistry, then the team is not good.”

By Sajjan Sandhu, Staff writer
Photo by Isaac Le