Titans girls, boys water polo splash past the Vikings
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Gunn’s Young Lee prepares to shot as Paly’s Jack Anderson closes in. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.
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The Gunn girls water polo team played at Palo Alto High for the first time in three years and the Vikings did everything they could to make the Titans feel uncomfortable in the pool.
Palo Alto played tenacious defense, was patient on offense and found themselves in a tied game in the fourth quarter.
If Gunn goalie Zoe Banks, who recorded 11 saves, didn’t have such an expansive wing span, this Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest may have turned out differently.
Gunn survived the trip, beating the Vikings 8-6 Thursday to remain within striking distance of league-leader Los Gatos with three league games remaining.
With construction surrounding the Paly pool the past two years, the Vikings used Gunn for the duration.
The Titans (10-6, 8-1) host third-place Mountain View on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. while Palo Alto (7-12, 1-7) travels to Saratoga at the same time.
The Vikings were coming off a drubbing by the first-place Wildcats (14-2, 9-0) last week but they apparently left that team in Los Gatos because they looked like a team on a mission Thursday afternoon.
Gunn never led by more than two goals and was constantly hounded while on offense, with Talia Stanley and Chesnie Cheung, among others, active in front of the net.
Sabrina Hall, Sophie Frick and Jules Steil each scored twice for the Vikings.
Gunn was led by Cooper McKenna with three goals, and two goals each by Kara Jacobsen and Michelle Fang. Buffy Miksztal also scored.
Having Banks in the net gives the Titans plenty of flexibility.
“She allows us to do a lot things on defense,” Gunn coach Mark Hernandez said. “She can cover mistakes.”
The Gunn boys also won, beating Palo Alto 8-4 and remaining two games back of undefeated Los Altos with four league matches remaining. Gunn and the Eagles meet in Los Altos next Thursday at 6:45 p.m.