Those who thought Mountain View High’s win over Los Altos in boys water polo last month was a fluke may want to re-evaluate that notion after what happened last week.
The Spartans beat the Eagles again, 10-9, and coach Gabor Sarusi said his team should have won by even more.
“I think we allowed the game to be much closer than it should have been,” he said, noting that Mountain View missed two penalty shots and squandered several extra-man advantages. “I think we created many more opportunities on offense than LA did, but we could not finish like we usually do.”
The league-leading Spartans – playing in front of a large and spirited home crowd – outscored the Eagles 3-1 in the fourth quarter of the Oct. 16 game.
Rey Castillo totaled four goals to pace Mountain View, while Russell Blockhus (three goals) and Randy Kenyon “played great defense throughout the game, and both of them scored a very important goal in the last quarter,” Sarusi said. Blockhus tied the contest and Kenyon scored the game-winner from 8 meters.
Goalie Charlie Niehaus “shined again in crucial situations,” according to Sarusi, registering 14 saves.
The Spartans played another tight game Thursday, topping Gunn 14-11 in overtime to secure the top seed in next month’s league tournament.
Mountain View outscored the host Titans 3-0 in overtime. Castillo finished with five goals and Michael Magee had three.
The Spartans improved to 10-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 16-3 overall. They have two games remaining before the league tourney, scheduled Nov. 2-4.
Defending league champ Los Altos, which got three goals from Ian McColl in the loss to Mountain View, dropped to 8-2 in league and 13-6 overall.
In West Catholic Athletic League action, St. Francis crushed Mitty 19-2 Oct. 17.
Nine players scored for the Lancers, led by Cory McGee’s four goals. The win boosted St. Francis’ record to 4-1 in league and 8-7 overall.
Little changed last week for Los Altos, which split a pair of SCVAL De Anza Division matches to remain in fourth place.
The Eagles beat host Gunn in four games Oct. 16 and lost in the same number of sets to visiting Homestead Thursday.
Carmen Annevelink notched 14 kills in Los Altos’ win and Meghan McDermott added seven. Hanna Koehler posted 24 assists and Katie Tritschler had eight digs.
Los Altos (5-5 division, 18-13 overall) entered this week with four league matches remaining.
Mountain View dropped both its De Anza Division matches last week, falling to fifth place. Los Gatos and Palo Alto swept the Spartans (4-6 league, 12-12 overall).
St. Francis’ struggles in the WCAL continued last week, as the Lancers lost to Presentation and Mitty in four games. St. Francis slumped to 1-4 in league (fifth place) and 15-11 overall.
Chloe Lott registered 15 kills in both matches.
Los Altos rallied late to tie Presentation 1-1 Oct. 16 in Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division play.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Eagles “picked up our game in the second half,” coach Mary Donahue said. Los Altos evened the score with seven minutes left on a shot by Rachel Norton, assisted by Anneliese Gallagher.
The Eagles improved to 3-8-1 overall.
Nancy Xu earned medalist honors in both of St. Francis’ WCAL matches last week.
The junior shot a nine-hole score of 33 in the Lancers’ 203-208 loss to Valley Christian Oct. 16 at Silver Creek Country Club. The next day, Xu and teammate Valerie Wang tied for the top score (35) in St. Francis’ 207-256 rout of Sacred Heart Cathedral at Shoreline Golf Links.
The Lancers enter this week 7-5 in league.
Girls water polo
Lynbrook edged Los Altos 9-8 Thursday in SCVAL De Anza Division action. Ally Bakos scored three goals for the host Eagles (4-6 league, 6-15 overall).
Mountain View lost both of its El Camino Division games last week, dropping the Spartans to 6-4 in league and 7-6 overall.
Harker beat Mountain View 8-3 Oct. 16 and Saratoga defeated the Spartans 10-4 Thursday.
St. Francis topped Davis 9-8 in overtime Saturday, getting goals from five players.
The visiting Lancers improved to 15-3 overall.
Mountain View earned its second De Anza Division victory of the year, 5-2 at Milpitas Oct. 16.
The Spartans swept the doubles and received singles wins from Polina Gorshennia (No. 2) Sheila Ahi (No. 3).
Coupled with Thursday’s 7-0 home loss to Lynbrook, Mountain View is 2-8 in the division and 5-9 overall.