Warriors too much for Highlander polo
By Nathan Percy
La Habra Journal
The La Habra boys water polo team couldn’t contend with a smothering Troy defense in a 17-6 loss to the Warriors at home, Tuesday afternoon.
La Habra (14-13, 6-3) kept it close after the first quarter, but like in the previous meeting between the two schools, Troy used a strong second half to gain a significant advantage.
This time however, the Warriors (22-6, 9-0) never looked back and not only did the defense not break, it didn’t bend much either as Troy limited La Habra to one goal in each of the first three quarters.
On chances that La Habra was able to get past the defense and ring a shot on goal, Troy goalkeeper Sam Feaster was there, totaling 10 saves on 16 shots.
The Highlanders defended the deep part of the pool in the first quarter, but the Warriors’ Joe Feaster found enough space to put in two quick goals within the first 1:10.
After Bernie Hefner tallied La Habra’s first goal, Joe Feaster again found the back of the goal, leading to a 3-1 Troy lead after the first quarter.
Troy’s defense became more intense in the second quarter, which forced La Habra into seven turnovers in the quarter alone.
Midway through the second quarter, the Warriors began a large attack that resulted in four goals within a two minute span.
Trent Samaha scored twice with Feaster adding his fifth goal of the first half as the Warriors led 8-2 at the break.
Blake Ruschman scored La Habra’s second goal with 25 seconds remaining in the half.
The Warriors counterattack led to a flurry in the third quarter, with Matt Park scoring twice on La Habra miscues.
Despite a score from Ben Russell, La Habra’s deficit increased to 13-3 after the third quarter.
Feaster and Samaha added two goals each in the fourth quarter and both Ruschman and Russell added their second goals toward the end of the final period.
Jacob Moore finished the scoring with seven seconds remaining for the Highlanders.
Overall, Troy’s Feaster led all scorers with seven goals as the Warriors kept their record unbeaten in Freeway League play.
La Habra will finish the regular season with a road game at Sunny Hills, Thursday afternoon. With a win, La Habra and Sunny Hills would finish in a tie for second place in the Freeway League.