Water polo: Trojans swamp Wildcats
Franklin had something to cheer about at the end of its Sacramento Valley League match against Oak Ridge Wednesday when their goalie lobbed a long shot across the pool and scored a goal before the buzzer.
But that point wasn’t enough to beat the varsity Trojans, who dominated at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pool and came up with a 20-7 win.
“Having the same group of guys together for the last three or four years is paying off,” said coach Patrick Foster after the game. Foster credited the win to his team’s training but said as Franklin’s team matures they’ll get tougher.
Franklin drew first blood with a goal in the opening quarter but Troy quickly fired back with a goal of its own. The Trojans went up 6-1 before the buzzer thanks, in part, to seniors Garrison Yeandle and Jason Stein, who played aggressively.
The second quarter started with blocked and missed shots from both teams before Troy went on the offensive. Senior Austin Lee scored and then teammate Joshua Verner stole the ball, passing to junior Carson Willms who then tossed it to junior Bryan Cole for goal eight.
More Verner steals followed and Oak Ridge added four more goals to its total. Franklin sent in fresh players to try to stem Troy’s rally and the Wildcats’ aggressive passing netted them a second goal. Lee made it 13 for the Trojans and before the halftime buzzer a Wildcat slapped the ball past Oak Ridge’s goalie for Franklin’s third.
The Wildcats got more aggressive in the second half but that didn’t stop junior Bryan Bare from scoring when he threw the ball over a defender’s hands and into the goal. Franklin responded with a goal and continued to put on the pressure. Adjusting, the Oak Ridge senior Michael Tharratt and junior Jeremy Levine scored two more.
A lucky skip off the water made it five for Franklin and the Wildcats netted goal six with a quick shot past the goalie’s hands.
Undeterred, the fourth quarter belonged to the Trojans. Garrison quickly scored goal 17 and Lee followed with a soft shot that made it 18. Wildcats surrounded who ever had the ball but Troy’s skilled passing gave open players a great look at the goal. Cole and Stein scored the last two goals before that sweet Franklin shot ended the game.
After the match Verner said he’s happy with his team cohesiveness. “We’re just playing well as a team,” the senior said. “We all helped each other out … and fed off each other’s energy.”