By Noah Jamani
Online Sports Editor
The Mustangs’ offense was nearly unstoppable in their game on Sept. 20 against West High School.
Mira Costa’s boys water polo team defeated the Warriors 18-1 in a Bay League contest, continuing its three-game winning streak.
The first quarter started with a goal from senior attacker Johnny Escobedo, two goals from junior attacker Holden Brown, and a pair from Carter, extending the Mustangs’ lead to 5-0.
“We got off to a very quick start,” Escobedo said. “[We] dominated the game and had full possession of the ball.”
In the second quarter, the Warriors scored their only goal off of a turnover. Senior attacker Alex Nahabed responded with three goals, and another player added a pair of goals to increase the Mustangs’ lead to 9-1. In the dying minutes of the first half, senior attacker Ethan Chalk scored two goals, both on penalty shots.
“We were relentless and kept attacking and pressuring them,” Escobedo said. “This led to plenty of turnovers and gave us multiple scoring chances.”
As the second half began, Escobedo scored again off a counter attack. As the third quarter came to an end, senior attacker Colin Le tallied two more goals, giving the Mustangs a 15-1 lead.
“Once we stopped the Warriors offensive attack, we quickly transitioned and moved the ball up the pool which gave us scoring chances,” Le said.
In the fourth quarter, the Mustangs added three more goals from senior attacker Ben Heagy. The Mustangs defense kept West scoreless in the second half, ending the game 18-1.
“Today we moved the ball around very well and took good, quality shots,” Le said.
The Mustangs, 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Bay League, looked for their fifth consecutive win on Thursday in a Bay League home game against Redondo Union. However, results were unavailable at the time of publication.
[Quotes have been redacted due to inaccuracy. La Vista apologizes for this mistake.]