The Rogers Rams girls water polo team turned in a dominating performance April 11 in a 16-5 victory against the Emerald Ridge Jaguars in a battle between rival schools at the Rogers High School Aquatic Center.
Rogers bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Rams players Stephanie Wilson and Carly Gadberry each scored a team-high four goals in the victory. Rachel Crossen scored a pair of goals. Rogers head coach Rachel Pogue-Rideout said it was great to see her team get back on track after several losses in the past three weeks of play.
“We had been on a downward spiral so it was good to have that confidence boost to get the team going. Today wasn’t just a win for us, we worked together great as a team, which is something we’ve struggled with a little bit,” Pogue-Rideout said. “You can see the team camaraderie we have right now. I’m really proud of what this team went out and did tonight.”
Pogue-Rideout said the combination of Wilson and Gadberry wreaks havoc on opposing teams’ defenses.
“They have great outside shots and they don’t know when to stop, which is just wonderful. I don’t mind that at all,” she said.
Emerald Ridge head coach James McMullan said his team is one of the youngest in the South Puget Sound League.
“We’re a first-year team,” McMullan said. “We have three players who played varsity last year. A lot of our players are still trying to learn. As the game went on we got more intense and more comfortable. The team is developing well. The first time we played Rogers this year the score was much worse than today. We’re definitely still growing and heading in the right direction.”