Varsity girls’ water polo loses to Charter Oak 7-11

Varsity girls’ water polo fell short against Charter Oak 7-11, on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Diamond Bar.

Walnut started the first quarter with two early points by wing junior Angelica Quesada. However, the Chargers responded with four consecutive scores to lead 2-4. Goalkeeper freshman Roxanne Lindy ended the quarter by blocking two shot attempts from Charter Oak.

Allowing the Chargers to score three uninterrupted points, Walnut finished the second quarter scoreless, 2-7.

“It’s always really good to keep a positive mind before you enter a game. Even though we lost this game, we still had a really positive mind, and it really did good for us in the first quarter because we got the first two goals,” captain driver junior Lauren Carlton said.

The third quarter began with a point for Walnut by captain set junior Erin De Anda. The Chargers countered with two more goals. Carlton then scored another point for the Mustangs, bringing the score to 4-9.

A minute into the fourth quarter, captain point senior Nikki Rubio scored for Walnut. Two minutes in, Carlton also gained a point for the Mustangs, closing in on the Chargers, 6-10. However, the Chargers and Carlton each scored another point respectively, and the game ended 7-11.

“In the beginning of the game, I wasn’t very positive of how the outcome would be and how we would play, but I was pleasantly surprised we did so well. Last time we played them, we let [Charter Oak’s] name get to our head, and this game, I don’t think we did that,” De Anda said. “The girls really picked it up, and they were hyped throughout the whole game. They didn’t give up, and they’re taking a lot more shots. In the beginning of the season, a lot of the girls were afraid to shoot, they would get the ball and look to pass, but now they’re looking at the cage.”

The Mustangs will play an away game against Chino on Thursday, Feb. 11.

By Melissa Kim, Staff writer

Photo by Sajid Iqbal