Varsity boys water polo defeats Los Altos

Varsity boys water polo defeated Los Altos 14-9 in a home game Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Set guard freshman Talmage Cobb assisted driver sophomore Jasper Huang in scoring the first goal of the game. Less than one minute later, Los Altos responded by scoring its first goal. Walnut rebounded with utility sophomore Jacob Lindy assisting driver sophomore Brandon Fabrega in scoring its second goal. With 45 seconds remaining, Fabrega scored again, ending the first quarter 4-2.

“I think we played really well,” Huang said. “I was excited to play Los Altos because it was our final league game, and if we won, we’d be undefeated for the fourth year in a row.”

Ten seconds into the second quarter, set guard sophomore Riley Ruh scored the fifth goal after a pass from Fabrega. Los Altos responded by scoring its fifth goal. With five minutes remaining in the quarter, set junior Jasper Wang assisted Huang in scoring their sixth goal. Attacker junior Matthew Au intercepted a pass by Los Altos, allowing wing senior Taylor Torreyson to score with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter. Fabrega scored the final goal of the quarter, ending the half 10-3.

“I felt like I did pretty good, especially when I first got in,” Torreyson said. “Toward the end, I made some mistakes, but I was able to learn from those.”

Los Altos scored the first goal of the second half. Huang responded by scoring the eleventh goal after a pass from Cobb. After Los Altos scored its second goal of the quarter, Torreyson assisted Cobb in scoring Walnut’s twelfth goal. Goalkeeper junior Kyle Leimbach blocked six shots by Los Altos, only allowing the Conquerors to score three goals. Walnut recovered with Ruh scoring its last two goals, ending the game 14-9.

“It was our last home game, so for seniors, it was a proud moment for us because we beat them and stayed undefeated,” Torreyson said. “Knowing that this was the last time that I was going to play with this team at a home game with a crowd of people there for us was really sad.”

By Sajjan Sandhu, Staff writer
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez