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Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

Luigirey Guce
On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys’ water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz ’24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

On Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys’ water polo team faced off against Malibu High School (Malibu) at the Ventura Aquatic Center in their seventh game of the season. The Dragons fought hard against Malibu’s offensive efforts and escaped with a narrow loss of 8-12.

With several close quarters, Foothill Tech had high hopes of taking the lead but had several balls that simply couldn’t find the back of the net.

Ethan Ortiz ‘25 made his presence known in Foothill Tech’s goal with blocks and defensive plays. Along with Ortiz, his teammates Turner Stehle ‘25 and Jack Merritt ‘25 also had strong personal performances to keep Malibu within reach, but unfortunately couldn’t prevent the sharks from swimming away with the victory in the hard-fought battle.

After having time to reflect upon the loss, Merritt stated, “I think that we all did our best, I think the team definitely tried hard in practice … We lost our last game, but it was definitely close and it was definitely a lot closer than last time we played [Malibu]. Overall, I feel we’re all improving as a team.”

Although the dragons maintained strong offense throughout the game, some issues arose with their defensive performance. Ortiz gave his thoughts on the team’s defensive efforts, reflecting, “Our biggest problem yesterday was more just our spacing … they’d fall into an immediate drop, the problem with that is that we were just too close together. So it just made their lives easier.”

With the Dragons having been plagued with an apparent and unrelenting losing streak, they hope there is still time in the season for a turning of the tides. They seek redemption on Sept. 28, against the Villanova Preparatory School (Villanova).

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    AMBSep 24, 2023 at 10:12 am

    They won earlier in the week against Bishop Diego. Losing one game isn’t exactly an unrelenting losing streak.