Varsity boys water polo falls to Claremont

Varsity boys water polo lost to Claremont 8-12 in a home preseason game Wednesday, Sept. 18. 

Claremont scored the first goal two minutes into the game. After the Wolfpacks scored another goal, the Mustangs responded with two goals by driver sophomore Brandon Fabrega and a goal by set guard sophomore Riley Ruh. However, Fabrega was substituted out after spraining his finger. Claremont went on to score five additional goals, ending the first half at 3-7.

“At first, I was a little frustrated with myself because I kept making bad passes and letting my team down,” attacker senior Taylor Torreyson said. “Even though we lost a player, we still hadn’t lost the game and still had plenty of time to win and compete. We were all motivated and held accountable by each other. In the end, we felt pretty accomplished because my team and I played hard and still kept up.”

During the third quarter, goalkeeper sophomore Austin Johnson saved 13 goal attempts by Claremont, allowing the Wolfpacks to score only two goals. Walnut rebounded with two goals by driver sophomore Jasper Huang and one goal each by utility junior Ryan Chu and Ruh, ending the quarter at 7-9.

“[When] I was in the water, it felt like adrenaline was pumping through my veins to compete. The mentality of wanting to compete against Claremont helped encourage the team because if an individual is willing to work hard, then the team should be willing as well,” set guard freshman Talmage Cobb said. 

Claremont opened the fourth quarter with a goal in the first minute. Ruh responded with a goal, but the Wolfpacks scored two additional goals in the final minute of the quarter to end the game 8-12.

“We need to trust each other more with the ball and have to believe in each other’s ability to execute plays correctly,” wing senior Calvin Le said. “We also need to head into the games with more intensity and more of a winning mentality.”

By Alison Ho, In-depth editor
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez