Varsity boys’ water polo falls short against Temple City
After losing captainÂ wing senior Kyle Trieu to a hand injury, varsity boysâ€™ water polo fell to a record of 4-5,Â following a loss toÂ the Rams, 7-9 on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Diamond Bar.
â€śHe [Kyle Trieu] is our captain and him not playing affected us. He helps us score and leads the team,â€ť utility senior Teja Kankanala said. â€śWithout him we took a step back.â€ť
Wing freshman Kyle Green led the way for Mustangs scoring three times on seven shot attempts. On defense, goalkeeper sophomore Hassan El Demerdash limited the Rams to nine points and blocked nine shots.
In the first quarter, the Mustangs took the lead early after wing senior Justin Clark scored the first goal of the game. However, the Rams came back scoring two unanswered goals and then two more in the second, putting Temple City up, 1-4. As the second quarter went on, the Mustangs scored once and the Rams scored another, closing out the half, 2-5.
Just like the first quarter, the Mustangs got off to an early score, but the Rams came back with two consecutive goals, ending the third quarter with a 4-7 lead.
At the start of the fourth, the Rams scored two early goals at the 5:22 mark, putting them up, 4-9. However, the Mustangs rallied back with goals from flat junior Jarren Peng, hole set freshman Zachary Moscoso and Green, but fell short, 7-9.
â€śThey [Temple City] were good, but we made a lot of mistakes and we didnâ€™t play as good. They dropped off shooters and were the finding each other for shots,â€ť Green said. â€śIâ€™m not content with this lost and we couldâ€™ve won if we had better opportunities and communication on the team.â€ť
Even without one of its captains, water polo still kept the game close against a team it lost to last year, 10-15. To improve from this game, the team looks to work on its driving, treading and shooting in order to defeat its next opponent, Fullerton, on Monday, Sept. 28.
By Joshua Shen, Sports editor
Photo by Sajid Iqbal