Rogers Rams player Carly Gadberry scored the first goal of the night to give Rogers an early 1-0 lead against the Puyallup Vikings girls water polo team.
The Vikings then responded with 13 unanswered goals, cruising to a 13-1 victory against the Rams on April 23 at the Rogers High School Aquatic Center. Puyallup’s Maddie Joy scored a team-high four goals in the victory. Seven Puyallup players scored goals to put a damper on Rogers’ senior night.
Vikings’ head coach Todd Fletcher said watching his team fall behind by one goal in the early stages of the match turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
“It was a little wake-up call for us. I thought defensively we did a great job today. I was really proud of our goalie play. McKenzie Davidson is our backup goalie and she played lights-out today,” Fletcher said. “It was her first extended varsity time and she just played so solid for us.”
The fact that seven Vikings players scored goals against the Rams didn’t surprise Fletcher.
“One cool thing about our team is that we’re very balanced and we don’t necessarily rely on one player to do everything every night,” he said. “That is a nice bonus to have. We can share the ball and spread the wealth around.”
Despite the lopsided score, Rogers head coach Rachael Pogue-Rideout said her team performed better than they did in their earlier meeting with Puyallup.
“We were getting a little stuck on offense but our aggression on defense is so much better than before,” Pogue-Rideout said. “We’re working great on defense and now we just have to get our offense going. We’re working and are improving each game.”