The Mira Costa boys’ water polo team scored the first five goals of the game against an undefeated Peninsula team and never looked back as they went on to a 14-5 victory in the Bay League opener for both teams in Manhattan Beach Tuesday.
Ryan Rossow’s goal with 2:37 left in the second period for Mira Costa gave them a commanding 6-1 lead at that point.
“We did some good things today,” said Mira Costa head coach Jon Reichardt, who is in his 21st season at the helm. “Everyone played. We’re still not in shape. We have a long way to go.”
It was the first game Mira Costa played in their home pool this year due to closure of the pool while it underwent maintenance.
While the pool was closed, the team practiced at neighboring pools including Palos Verdes, Peninsula, Redondo Union as well as LMU. Reichardt said it was “stressful going around the South Bay working out.”
“All the schools have been really good... they just stepped up and gave us pool time when they had it and appreciated that,” Reichardt said.
Mira Costa improved to 4-3 overall, 1-0 in the Bay League. Peninsula dropped to 7-1 overall, 0-1 in league.
“I was feeling pretty confident,” said Peninsula's Yaseen El-Magharbel of how he felt going into the game with an unbeaten record.
The Peninsula players such as El-Magharbel knew it was not looking good after Mira Costa made it 5-0 with 4:21 left in the first half.
“We came out pretty strong, but we got tired really fast,” said Peninsula’s Luke Martin. “Mira Costa is really big and a physical team. They drained us pretty fast with their subs. Overall, we did not play the way we wanted to but we learned from it and that is what is important.”
Mira Costa’s Hudson Carter led all players with five goals. He scored once in the second, two times in the third and added two more goals in the fourth.
“I think it was a great game for us and them,” Hudson Carter said. “I think both teams played pretty well.”
Troy Gleason added three goals. Rossow and Jake Carter each had two.
“It was a good win for the team,” Jake Carter said. “We’re improving every day.”
Diego Almendariz and Paolo Riverin had the other two goals.
“It’s my job to score goals,” Riverin said. “I felt pretty good. I feel we came together as a team and pulled off the win together.”
Garrett Allen, senior, started in goal for Mira Costa and went three periods.
“Peninsula is a really good team,” Allen said. “We have a young group of guys. We want to give them some experience. We got our younger players a lot of time, which is good.”
Finn Condren played the fourth period in goal for Mira Costa.
El-Magharbel and Luke Martin scored two goals each for Peninsula. El-Magharbel scored once in the second and once in the third period. Martin scored twice in the fourth period. Phillipe Wiederkehr scored the other goal for Peninsula.
“I felt it was their size, their strength and their experience,” said Peninsula head coach Bryan Weaver of the difference between them and Mira Costa. “They were just a little bit better in all those categories than us today.”
Weaver added, “I believe we’re a better team than we were last year. We had a pretty darn good team last year. We’ve moved up a division and I also think the competition got stronger too so we’ll see how it all plays out throughout the season.”
Almendariz and Gleason scored the first two goals of the game for Mira Costa in the first period as the Mustangs built an early lead. They added to it in the second period with four more goals to lead 6-2 at the half.
Mira Costa extended its lead in the third period to 11-3.