The Oak Ridge varsity girls water polo team racked up the goals against Franklin Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Trojans topped the Wildcats 14-3 and coach Tim McCormick said it all came down to precision plays designed in practice and beautifully executed in the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pool during the Sacramento Valley League game.
“Everybody had a piece of this (win) and everybody played really well,” McCormick said.
Team captain and Oak Ridge senior Amanda Jones netted Troy’s first two goals in the opening quarter before Franklin fired back. Not to worry, Jones made it 3-1 after a great pass came her way. The Wildcats had no response to aggressive Lady Trojan defense and gave up two more goals earned by senior Annie Harriman before the quarter’s end.
In the second, Oak Ridge’s girls scored three more before Franklin ended the half with an open shot, making it 8-2.
In the third the Lady Trojans jumped in the pool with renewed strength. A shot made by senior Megan Moestopo bounced off the hands of a couple of swimmers before bouncing in the goal. Her goal kick-started the momentum the girls used to get two more in the back of the net before the quarter ended.
Jones scored early in the fourth and a double-team steal by junior Stefanie Polivka and senior Hannah Bensman put the ball back in the Lady Trojans’ hands. Harriman couldn’t convert, losing the ball, but she made up for the slip with a goal when it came back her way.
A long Wildcat toss made the score 13-3 before one last goals slipped past Franklin’s goalie. The game ended with a Wildcat “Hail Mary” shot easily blocked by Oak Ridge’s goalie.
Harriman said her team started the game with “a good vibe.” “We went in with a positive attitude,” she said, adding that the girls hope their skills and good vibes will follow them to this Friday and Saturday’s Western States Tournament in Modesto.