Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Spartan Michael Magee defends the Eagles’ Sam Lisbonne.
After allowing a goal 16 seconds into the game, the Mountain View High boys water polo team dominated defensively Thursday at Los Gatos.
The Spartans – seeking to finish the league season undefeated – kept the Wildcats at bay the rest of the way and won 7-1.
Mountain View “played very impressive team defense throughout the whole game,” said coach Gabor Sarusi, whose squad improved to 12-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 18-3 overall.
The Spartans led 3-1 after the opening quarter and pulled away in the third with three more goals. Four players scored for Mountain View, led by junior Rey Castillo (four goals).
Two days prior, the Spartans beat Homestead 15-10 to remain perfect at home. Michael Magee and Russell Blockhus tallied four goals each and Castillo had three.
Mountain View, which has won seven straight games, is the top seed in this week’s league tournament. Having earned a bye in the first round, the Spartans jump directly to the semifinals – scheduled Friday at Homestead – to face the winner of the game between the No. 4 and 5 seeds.
After losing twice Friday at the Memorial Tournament, St. Francis rallied Saturday with two wins to place 13th. The Lancers (11-13 overall) edged Rio Americano 12-11 and Coronado 9-8. Cory McGee scored five goals against Rio Americano and Darius Tenorio had three versus Coronado.
Nancy Xu took first and Valerie Wang tied for fourth at last week’s West Catholic Athletic League Championships, powering St. Francis to a fourth-place finish.
The Lancers – who shot 428 Oct. 22 at San Mateo’s Poplar Creek Golf Course – qualified for the Central Coast Section Championships, scheduled Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) in Carmel.
Xu earned medalist honors by shooting a 3-under-par 68 to set a league-tournament record. The junior beat runner-up Christine Kim of Presentation by two strokes.
“It was a fairly ho-hum round for her,” St. Francis coach Phil Marone said of Xu. “She told me she missed a couple of putts and that her score should have been even better.”
Wang, a freshman, shot a 74 to tie Valley Christian’s Kalmina Wu for fourth.
“Like Nancy, she was very steady,” Marone said of Wang. “She drove the ball down the middle and had some nice pitch and chip shots.”
Junior Caitlin Crosby posted the Lancers’ third-best score (86) and senior McKenzie Baker was the other member of the team to shoot under 100 (99).
Marone was hopeful St. Francis could perform well enough at CCS – held at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel Valley – to advance to next week’s NorCal Championships.
“Finishing in the top three is not out of reach for us,” he said. “We’re on an upswing – the team is coming together at the right time.”
The NorCal tourney is set for Monday at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
Girls water polo
A recent slump transformed Mountain View from contender to also-ran in the SCVAL El Camino Division. The Spartans lost their last four games to finish 6-6 in league.
That mark – coupled with the team’s 1-1 non-league record – probably won’t get the Spartans in the CCS playoffs, according to coach Drew Enlow.
“This continuing slump has really hurt us, and our non-conference wins have not been strong enough,” he said.
Mountain View last week fell 4-3 in overtime to Fremont and 9-4 to Santa Clara.
“The sudden-death loss to Fremont was especially tough,” said Enlow, who noted that the El Camino Division automatically qualifies only one team for the playoffs. “We may have mathematically eliminated ourselves with these last two losses.”
Samantha Hartman accounted for all three of the Spartans’ goals against visiting Fremont Oct. 23. Hartman, Sophie Brotzel, Audrey Gerughty and Daniela Turner each tallied a goal at Santa Clara Thursday.
Los Altos lost 7-5 to Palo Alto Oct. 23, despite three goals from Ally Bakos.
Mountain View capped its season last week with a pair of 6-1 losses to Monta Vista and Saratoga to finish 5-11 overall.