Varsity Boys Water Polo Defeats Irvine High School in First Home League Game
In their second league game of the season, Varsity Boys Water Polo defeats the Irvine Vaqueros with a score of 10-5
October 7, 2019
IRVINE – On Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, the Beckman Varsity Boys Water Polo team defeated Irvine High School at a home water polo game. The Patriots won with a score of 10-5, making the win their second one of the 2019-2020 Pacific Coast League season after winning against Portola High School 11-3 in late September.
Both teams vied for the ball at the commencement of the first quarter. With the first point yet to be made, Beckman and Irvine continuously switched between offensive and defensive roles. The Patriots did not want Irvine to score any goals, so they made sure to defend their goal. Outfielder Richard Yun (#7) steadfastly guarded against Irvine’s player, blocking the opposing team’s effort to score.
By the start of the second quarter, Irvine had a five-point deficit with the score standing at 7-2. The Irvine team then made valiant efforts to minimize Beckman’s lead but was prevented by strong defense from Beckman goalkeeper Sam Monette (#1). “Defensively, we played a good game where we stopped one of the best centers [from making] two goals,” stated Beckman Boys Water Polo Head Coach Duje Grubisic.
After a brief intermission in which Grubisic discussed strategy with the team, the third quarter began with Beckman leading the game 8-4. The third quarter flowed into the fourth quarter, and the Patriots laid heavy on offense. Junior Keanu Pascual (#3) scored another point for Beckman, leading the score 9-4. Not five minutes later, Irvine scored a point and minimized their five-point deficit to three points. Senior Joseph Waltz (#6) passed the ball to Yun, who passed to senior Eli Schwarz (#9) in an effort to score another point.
At the end of the game, the score was finalized at 10-5.
“Their performance was great,” said coach Grubisic about the team. “[There was] a lot of effort, strong swimming, strong counterattacks, a lot of communication. [It was] a pretty good improvement from some of our previous games. […] This game is a good practice for us to play against [Servite High School], who is one of our top teams in our Division 3. [We will] hopefully be going into the [California Interscholastic Federation] games as well.”
The boys’ next league game will be Tuesday, October 8 against Northwood High School.