Boys water polo: Vikings beat Los Altos for the first time in five years

Molly Fogarty, Author

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Senior utility Sam Kelley takes a shot against the Los Altos defense in the first half. This was one of Kelley’s two goals of the game where the Vikings won, 9-5. Photo by Molly Fogarty

Senior utility Sam Kelley takes a shot against the Los Altos defense in the first half. This was one of Kelley’s two goals of the game where the Vikings won, 9-5. Photo by Molly Fogarty.

The Palo Alto High School boys water polo team (4-1) defeated Los Altos High School (2-3), 9-5 this afternoon at Paly.

Right from the start, the Vikings came out strong and were able to keep the Eagles from scoring.

“As a team, we played excellent,” senior driver Ethan Look said. “Los Altos has extremely good players, but we were able to identify their strengths and shut them down.”

The Vikings had a lot riding on this game because they had not had a victory against the Eagles in the last five years, according to Look.

Goals from seniors Matt Abbot, Sam Kelley, Will Mendenhall and freshman Andrew Jozefov started the match off strong for the Vikings.

“Our first half was stellar,” Look said. “We held on to our lead to win the game.”

With another victory in league play, the Vikings plan to work hard before their next match in order to put up a fight against their crosstown rival Henry M. Gunn high school, whom Paly has already lost to once this season, 14-7.

“We have a huge game on Thursday versus Gunn,” Look said. “We are going to ride our momentum from this game and come back with guns blazing and take back the win that Gunn took from us.”

The Vikings take on the Titans at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 10, at the Gunn pool.

Senior goalkeeper Jake Weinstein blocks a shot from Los Altos offensive. Weinstein only let 5 goals in throughout the game. Vikings defeated the Eagles, 9-5. Photo by Molly Fogarty

Senior goalkeeper Jake Weinstein blocks a shot from Los Altos offensive. Weinstein only let 5 goals in throughout the game. Vikings defeated the Eagles, 9-5. Photo by Molly Fogarty.