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Story and photos by Liz Alper
October 15, 2018 (Spring Valley) - In our first water polo match of the new school year, ECM Sports caught a glimpse of the Mount Miguel boys as they hosted the Castle Park Trojans in a non-conference matchup. The Matadors, to put it nicely, are struggling at 1-10 overall and 0-7 in league play.
Castle Park tallied first midway through the first quarter and piled on shortly after to go up 2-0. Mount Miguel fired back with a rifle of a shot to get the Matadors back in, but the Trojans were back up to a two-point lead to lead 3-1 after the first quarter.
The Trojans started off the second quarter with another goal three minutes in that went off the fingertips of the Mount Miguel goaltender. The Matadors scored one of their own, but Castle Park scored a few seconds later to go up by three again, 5-2. They made it four with another goal to go up 6-2. The Matadors cut the lead in half to 6-3. But Castle Park kept pulling away with another goal to make it 7-3 heading into the half.
The Trojans scored the first two goals of the second half—one on a high shot and one on a breakaway—to go up 9-3. Mount Miguel scored their first of the half and narrowed the deficit to 9-4. But the Trojans reached double digits soon after and led 10-4. One more followed on a clear shot to give the Trojans an 11-4 lead. From then on, the Trojans kept upping the ante with an interruption from Mount Miguel and led 12-5 after three.
The Trojans kicked off the fourth with a goal as per usual to go up 13-5. The Matadors scored a nice goal off a rebound to stay in it, trailing 13-6. They scored again on a nice backhanded goal, but a shot by the Trojans found the back of the net and Castle Park took that score to the end to win 14-7. The Matadors fall to 1-11 overall.
The Matadors host Castle Park again next Monday at 4:30 p.m.