NCS water polo: Tough night for Empire teams

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

It was not a good night in the pool for Redwood Empire water polo teams.

All three squads playing first-round games Wednesday lost.

The Ukiah girls were defeated by Carondelet 7-5, while the Wildcats boys went down in overtime to Bishop O’Dowd 13-11. The Cardinal Newman boys were defeated by Encinal 12-5. All three matches took place at Contra Costa College.

The Ukiah boys were 10 seconds away from a victory in regulation when O’Dowd scored to force overtime.

“We played our best game of the year and just missed holding on,” coach Rick Cleland said. “We were so close to winning in regulation.”

O’Dowd scored twice in the first overtime period while keeping Ukiah out of the goal. Both teams found the net once in the second extra period.

Ukiah had control of the match early and led 4-1 after the second stanza.

Teak Larwood had six goals and an assist for the Wildcats while Harris Dedford had two goals and assisted on three others.

Leading the Ukiah girls with two goals was Maggie Selzer.

The match was tied 1-1 after one period and Carondelet led 5-2 after the second.

Ukiah had 30 shots on goal.

“We had plenty of chances to score more,” coach Cleland said. “It just wasn’t our night shooting.”

Newman never led in its game with Encinal. The score was 1-0 after one period and 6-2 after the second. Zack Peterson (3) and Jack Stafford (2) accounted for all the Cardinals’ goals.

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