Passing problems and a tough Troubadours’ defense plagued Oak Ridge’s varsity girls water polo team Wednesday afternoon when they faced St. Francis.
The Lady Trojans lost the match 19-6.
“They took away our offense,” said coach Tim McCormick. “Then they countered off our turnovers. That’s really where the game was won.”
St. Francis started out strong with seven goals in the first quarter. Their defensive strategy left Oak Ridge players calling for “help” when they couldn’t find anyone open and when a Lady Trojan did get a chance to pass, the throws often went wide or over their teammates’ heads.
Adjusting in the second quarter, following St. Francis’ eighth goal, Oak Ridge senior Megan Moestopo nailed her team’s first goal. The Troubadours quickly responded with goal nine and, when Oak Ridge was a man down, goal 10.
Senior Amanda Jones earned the Lady Trojans’ second goal and they finish they first half down 2-11.
St. Francis’ winning streak at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pool continued in the third with goals 12, 13 and 14 unanswered. Facing tough defense senior Annie Harriman, who earlier had a great steal but lost the ball when a swarm of Troubadours surrounded her, tried in vain to pass. Seeing no one to help, she took matters into her own hands and lobbed the ball into the goal, scoring.
Oak Ridge goalie Korina Grava couldn’t stop St. Francis’ four-goal response. A final goal from senior Kirsten Banks-Guartney made the score 18-4 at the end of the third.
With a final push the Lady Trojans started the fourth with two strong goals from Banks-Guartney and Jones. They amped up their defense, limiting St. Francis to just one goal in the fourth, but couldn’t capitalize on their possessions. Several goal attempts were stopped by the Troubadours goalie and others sailed wide or hit the goal’s frame.
Despite the loss, McCormick had a positive outlook on the night. Considering the caliber of their opponents, he said of his team, “They played good.”