Boys’ water polo falls to Malibu in first preseason action

By Nick Michael

Staff Writer

Photos by Stephanie Kim

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D.J. Myer looks to take a shot towards the goal.

The boys’ water polo team lost its scrimmage against Malibu High School at home on Friday, with the final score 13-5. The result of the matchup would not be counted in each team’s record.

The Malibu Sharks controlled the first quarter, as they were able to shut down the Tigers’ offense and jump out to a quick lead with three straight goals. South Pasadena got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a goal from junior DJ Myer, but the effort was not enough to overcome the deficit. The second half flowed in a similar manner as Malibu, the team that won CIF in its division last year, was solid defensively to provide struggles for the Tiger offense. “Overall, we are improving as a team,” junior Rob Decker said. “We are just rusty right now, and trying to find our groove.”

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A Malibu Sharks player keeps the ball out of reach from D.J. Myer.

Myer, who scored three goals, led the Tigers offensively while juniors Leo Sonner and Spencer Gurley collected one goal each. Sophomore Cole Cahill also had an impressive game, assisting two of the five South Pasadena goals.

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Junior Cameron Benitez lobs the ball towards an open teammate.

The Tigers still have a long season ahead of them, with 11 more non-league games and eight league games on their schedule. Their next game is on Wednesday, September 9, at Polytechnic Pasadena.