Boys water polo loses to Gunn High School

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Neal Sidhu

Timmy Chang (11) practices shooting goals during the Eagles' warm up against Gunn. This game was their first of the second half of the season.

by Neal Sidhu, Winged Post Asst. STEM Editor

The varsity boys’ water polo team lost their game against Gunn 7-13 on Thursday night, moving them to a 2-6 league record and a 5-9 overall record. JV also lost to Gunn 3-11 earlier that night.

The first quarter started with one of Harker’s captains, Aadith Srinivasan (12), scoring the first goal of the game. Gunn responded with five consecutive goals from three different players. Alex Wang (12), Harker’s other captain, ended the first quarter with a buzzer-beater goal in the last seconds.

Gunn started the second quarter strong with another four consecutive goals. Harker then managed to score once again in the last seconds of the quarter as Bobby Bloomquist (11) scored while a Gunn player was ejected.

Gunn played the third quarter with focus and energy that converted into scoring four goals and shutting down Harker’s offense.

Harker played the fourth quarter with newfound determination, allowing them to stop Gunn from scoring any more goals. Matthew Hajjar (11), Arindam Ghosh (12), Aadith and Arjun Akkiraju (10) each scored one goal in that quarter, closing the game to the 7-13 final score.

“I think there were some good areas and some bad areas,” Arindam said. “We moved the ball around pretty well and we could get some movement. Obviously, we have stuff to improve but this is Gunn. We’re just adjusting because [this is a higher league], and they were league champions last year. We’ve gotten better since the last time we played them.”

Coach Victor Adler is optimistic about the team’s performance in future games and looks forward to the second half of league.

“I think it will be similar to the first half of the season,” he said. “This game was the start of the second half of the season. We’re looking at Lynbrook, Homestead and Los Gatos as good games for us. We’re competitive and want to win some games we lost in the first round.”

The team’s next game is away against Lynbrook High School on Tuesday, Oct 3., at 4 p.m.