EL DORADO — Ponderosa High water polo player Jake Pensa scored a trio of goals that gave the Bruins a boost in Tuesday’s Delta River League match against Jesuit at the Aquatics Center but the Marauders posted a 12-4 victory.
“Jake had one of his best games,” Ponderosa head coach Matt Jaehn said. “He was making every shot he was making toward the end.”
Pensa, a senior, scored all four goals in the match. In the first quarter, Ponderosa’s defense, featuring Ellie Miller, Heath Faulkner, Talon Green, Connor Overstreet, Shelby Lee, Pensa and Hayden Cooksy held Jesuit’s offense scoreless by blocking shots and guarding the passing lanes.
“We were on fire in the first half,” Jaehn said.
Pensa scored his first goal in the quarter on an outside shot with 5:38 left. The Marauders scored two goals in the second quarter to take a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Jesuit adjusted to Ponderosa’s defensive tactics in the third quarter and scored seven goals for a 9-1 lead.
“Our defensive pressure led to counter attacks for them, and we weren’t able to counter quickly,” Jaehn said.
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