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Varsity Boys Water Polo Loses a Hard-Fought 1st District Game to Memorial, JV Also Takes a Loss

By Joe Barber, 09/13/22, 4:10PM CDT


Varsity vs. Memorial

The Varsity game against the boys in red started off in better fashion than the JV game with Parker Kooyman getting a very early goal for the Spartans to give them the 1-0 lead. Andy Zhuri continued his incredibly strong play in goal as the teams both fought through a physical and sloppy period. The Spartans had a significant advantage in shots on goal but they were unable to keep the ball inside the goal frame and did not come away with anything to show for their good play. The teams traded late goals as Kyle Brown rifled one home with :16 seconds to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead. The second period continued the trend of the Spartans outplaying the Mustangs, but not getting much to show for it. The Mustangs scored early and Luke Barber scored a goal late, and the Spartans had to settle for a 3-2 lead at the half. The offenses got more into gear in the 3rd period with both teams scoring 3 goals each. Luke and Parker added their second goals of the game sandwiched around a goal from Kyle Brown, and the teams headed into the 4th period with Spartans holding a 6-5 lead. Unfortunately, the 4th quarter saw the Spartans have their worst quarter of the year with sloppy ball handling and very poor defensive play that led to the Mustangs having some easy point-blank shots that Andy Zhuri really had no chance to stop. Parker Kooyman had the lone Spartan goal of the period and a dejected Spartan team could only sit and wonder what might have been if they had shot the ball better early or played to their normal standard in the 4th. Luckily,  they will get a second shot at Memorial later in the district schedule and will try to avenge the Mustang's 11-7 victory.

JV vs. Memorial

The JV Spartans also kicked off district play against Memorial. Unfortunately the boys in green came out a little sluggish and turned the ball over several times, and were slow to get back in transition leading to some easy Memorial goals. The Spartans found themselves down 3-1 at the end of the first with Brock Hunter, the only Spartan able to get the ball in the net. The second period was more of the same as Memorial scored 3 more goals before the Spartans could find a late answer from Devon Beals that left the Spartans down 6-2 at the half. The third period saw the Spartans playing a little better defense, but once again Memorial was able to grind out 3 more goals. The Spartans could only muster one late goal from Elliot Easton, and they found themselves in a virtually insurmountable 9-3 hole. In the fourth period, Memorial scored two early goals and then Ali Ezzi got on the board for Stratford, but Memorial would answer his goal with 2 more of their own and close this one out with a 13-4 defeat for the Spartans.