It was close, but the Turlock High varsity boys water polo squad is now 2-0 in the Central California Athletic League after they topped Enochs High from home on Monday in a 10-8 final.
“It was tight the entire game, we never controlled the game, which is frustrating because it is one of the things we’ve been struggling with during the season,” said Turlock head coach Colin Wenstrand.
After 12 games played, Turlock has been barely outscored by its opponents, 93-94.
Turlock currently holds an overall record of 7-5 and 2-0 in the CCAL.
The game was a tightly contested battle that saw no team lead by more than three goals at any one point.
Things kicked off in the first period with a back and forth game.
Turlock’s Billy Marchy opened up the game with the first goal with six minutes on the clock.
Both sides exchanged goals and by the end of the first, Turlock led 3-2.
The second period saw nearly the same storyline with both teams capturing goals, but Turlock still led at the half by one at 6-5.
Turlock goalkeeper Brandon Dhanowa tallied 12 saves for the game that came at crucial moments including a few one-on-one situations.
Dhanowa continued to impress in the second half, fending off the Enochs offense despite some miscues from his squad.
“My biggest concern was we were giving up five on six goals and we are not converting our six to five,” said Wenstrand. “I didn’t look at the stat sheet but at halftime I think statistically was pretty bad, so we are trying to shut down guys if it’s a five on six.”
Turlock outscored Enochs in the third, 3-1, to take a 9-6 lead heading into the final period of play.
Matt Reis, who finished with a hat-trick for Turlock, notched his third goal in the fourth with 4:40 left as he gave his team the 10-8 lead.
Cole Marchy tallied a team-high five assists and Billy Marchy finished with six steals.
Turlock will next travel on the road to take on Modesto High at 5 p.m. Wednesday.