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In an assertive victory, the Palo Alto Significant University varsity boys’ h2o polo team (3-4) defeat the Mountain Watch Spartans (-3), 13-4, Saturday during a household sport.
Coming from a frustrating 15-10 defeat against the Los Altos Eagles Thursday, the Vikings went into Saturday’s match hoping to redeem on their own. In accordance to senior co-captain Luke Thieman, the workforce intended to place much more emphasis on wherever they fell short in opposition to the Eagles.
“We shed a difficult one particular in the final league recreation,” Thieman explained. “[But] we [knew] that we could carry on to get much better from that… so we experienced a large amount of self-confidence.”
In the very first quarter, the Vikings excelled on the offensive, controlling the flow of the recreation. Senior co-captain Siddhartha Sahasrabuddhe was particularly dominant, evading several defenders and scoring the 1st intention of the match. From there, the Vikings continued progressing, generating potent passes and shots, inevitably running to spot the ball in the web two additional situations. On the defensive, though the Vikings put up a valiant effort and hard work, the Spartans were being able to locate an opening and score, ending the quarter 3-1.
In the second quarter, the Vikings picked up major momentum, establishing major separation from the Spartans. Contrary to the first quarter, the Vikings overcome the Spartans on the defensive, with junior goalkeeper Eitan Inexperienced getting a stand-out and stopping a lot of near shot attempts — preserving the Spartans scoreless in the quarter. On the other hand, Thieman and fellow senior co-captain Loic Ijzerman maintained the team’s commanding attacking nature, each scoring many plans and ending the quarter 6-1.
In the third and fourth quarters, the Vikings continued with their offensive aggression, with a whole of 7 goals being scored more than the last 50 percent. Green resumed shining on protection, blocking and avoiding quite a few pictures, not permitting Mountain Watch to make any important headway. Thieman and Ijzerman remained unstoppable, facilitating ambitions and breaking by Mountain View’s defensive lines. While the Spartans manufactured a slight comeback towards the conclusion of the sport — scoring three additional goals — eventually it was also late, with the match ending in a 13-4 Viking victory.
According to Thieman, the workforce was expecting a decreased-depth match in comparison its earlier online games.
“We have been a very little little bit looser [and] experienced a very little more entertaining currently,” Thieman claimed. “[We had] a very little little bit additional self esteem on our recreation and we realized that we could go put some tension on and have a superior earn.”
Head coach Ethan Search explained he was incredibly written content with the players’ effectiveness and thought their preparing beforehand was liable for it.
“We just worked on our video game prepare [and] we got a few of various offensive and defensive sets that we like to operate on and [we] just [worked] on those, creating guaranteed that they ended up in the suitable area,” Glance reported. “It was challenging to say ahead of the recreation what type of talent Mountain Check out was gonna have so we variety of had to prepare for almost everything.”
Thieman explained that whilst the team did very well, there is even now space for advancement.
“Obviously there is constantly issues to perform on,” Thieman mentioned. “[Our] offense could have long gone a little smoother on some specified possessions, but I am happy of the way we performed and I want to develop off of this likely ahead mainly because we have a hard stretch of games coming up.”
The Vikings have been to enjoy against the Wilcox Chargers 3:30 p.m. Thursday at dwelling.