Varsity girls water polo beats Wilson

Varsity girls water polo defeated Wilson High School 4-2 in a home league game Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Within the first few minutes of the first quarter, Walnut scored a goal with a drive by two-meter freshman Paris Webb. Both teams traded several shots, either missing the goal or hitting the crossbar.    

“At first we were nervous because we knew that [the other team] was in our division, [and] they were going to [have the same] talent,” wing senior Jocelyn Sagahon-Ramirez said. “[Afterwards] we got more comfortable with them, we knew how they played [and] got more confident.”

During the second quarter, Walnut scored two goals, this time by driver senior Roxanne Lindy and two-meter senior Paris Alvarado. Wilson responded with its first goal, making the score 3-1. Goalkeeper junior Kathryn Whittingham made a series of saves as Wilson attempted to make an offensive push.

“I felt that we could have done a little bit better, but I felt like we did pretty good on holding them off and trying our best,” wing junior Itzel Cabral said. “I felt like a highlight of our team was when we were scoring and cheering each other on.”

In the third quarter, both teams scored a goal, including a shot from utility senior Julia Campos. In the fourth quarter, Whittingham made multiple saves to preserve the final score of 4-2.

“We knew we weren’t going to be in for an easy game, but we still knew we had to try really hard for it,” Sagahon-Ramirez said. “It’s rewarding because [we know] that we are easily going to be able to compete with other teams.”

By Landon Park, Staff writer
Photo by Tristan Gonzalez