CORONA: King water polo took to the road on Wednesday, traveling to Corona to take on Santiago. They found awaiting them another team that was bigger and more experienced and the Wolves fell again, this time by a score 3-12.
Coach Rahn commented that despite some good hustle play by his guys, there were too many missed opportunities that led to the defeat.
“We were down 2-3 after the first quarter, giving up a couple easy scores. At halftime it was 2-6 after being unable to capitalize on some scoring opportunities, while having ball control issues.”
“I was happy to see our goalie make some nice saves.” he said.
In a season in which the team record of 4-12 isn’t what they would prefer, Rahn has had to keep focusing his guys’ sights on the bigger picture.
“We are persevering through the ups and downs and working hard. Each game we see improvements and need to continue to believe in ourselves. We are proud of the work we put in” Rahn said. “Our defense made some great plays but just we never capitalized offensively”
Michael Mallick agreed, saying, “What I was pleased with during the contest is even though we were down by a couple goals the team was still positive and did not let it bring them down too much. There is always room for improvement and as a team I feel like we can improve a lot over the rest of this season to reach our P.E.A.K goals.
Repeating what has become a motto of sorts for the Polo squad, “The road to success is always under construction.” Mallick said.
The Big 8 Invitational Tournament awaits them this weekend, and it holds out an opportunity to get more work done on that very road.