IRVINE: The boys water polo team took on Tesoro last week and came away with a win, that took defense to make happen.  The final score was 8-5, bringing King to a 2-2 record on the season.

The key outcome of our game against Tesoro was King’s strong defense. That tenacity was a necessity given Tesoro’s status as a strong OC team and enjoying “Senior Night” in their home pool.

King expected to be tested.  They passed the test.

“Everyone on our team did their part to shut down Tesoro’s offense and that is what set us apart and gave us the win” said coach Collin Marshall.

It was a strong win over a tough team in a county that boasts of plenty of strong polo squads. King was strong in the field and in the cage.  “Nate Newman had numerous saves throughout the game, but luckily the saves were low because our players were out there doing their jobs, playing strong defense, getting field blocks, and stealing the ball.” Marshall said.

“That win I think gave the team a major confidence boost” said Junior Kevin Shearer.  “It just proves to us that we can play with these tougher teams and put up a fight. This game showed us as a team that we are capable of doing amazing things if we just work for it.”

The first half was a very close half, with King leading by a point at the intermission. Steals by Luke Lowry, Will Tibbets, Bryan Baez, and Shearer were turned into offensive opportunities.

Realization dawned in the second half.  “I think the boys realized that they could beat this team, and to beat them at home on their senior night would be even sweeter” Marshall said.

The defense kept up the pressure and King scored four more in the second half.

Evan Ausmus drew four ejections which gave King four man-up opportunities. Nate Newman also put up seven saves in that half as well, keeping Tesoro’s shooting opportunities at a minimum.

It’s an old cliche, but that’s because it is often true; the best offense is a good defense.

Against Tesoro, that was reality for King.