Puyallup’s Jack Rose scored a game-high four goals, and Lane Griffin and Christian Braddock added three apiece for the Vikings, who beat the Emerald Ridge Jaguars 17-4 last Wednesday in a boys water polo match at the Puyallup High School pool.
Puyallup improved to 10-1-1 overall, and Emerald Ridge, led by Brendan Nelson’s two goals, dropped to 5-9.
Vikings goalkeeper Ian Walsh said his team didn’t take the Jaguars lightly despite their sub-par record.
“We expected a tough game,” Walsh said. “They have some really good players and have a couple of guys who play club water polo. The game ended up maybe being a little bit easier than we thought it would.”
Griffin said Puyallup executed when it had offensive opportunities. The Vikings scored 15 goals in the final three quarters.
“We played pretty well together as a team,” Griffin said. “We tried to set some things up and work on our offense. It felt good to do that.”
Puyallup head coach Travis Braddock said Walsh is the backbone of the team.
“Ian has come a long way,” Braddock said. “He has been on the varsity team for the past four years, and right from the beginning, he took up that goalie spot, and ever since then, he’s run with it and been great for us. Without him, there’s a lot of stops we wouldn’t have made.”
Emerald Ridge head coach James McMullan said his team needs to work on being more consistent.
“We played really well in the first quarter and held them to two goals,” he said. “We played with a lot of fire and passion and just lost it in the middle of the game. We got that fire back in the fourth quarter and played well. We have to find a way to keep that passion for an entire game.”