Five different Cabrillo boys water polo players fired multiple goals inside the Lompoc Aquatics Center on Wednesday – leading to the 15-5 home win over Morro Bay in a Los Padres League contest.
Josh Rowe was tops with five goals, including three in the first two minutes of the third quarter which also broke a Pirates’ rally.
Cabrillo leaped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter with the right arms of Rowe, Olat Luna and Isaac Thomas leading the charge. The Pirates, however, started the second quarter by tacking on four goals in a four-minute span, closing the gap to 8-4 in favor of the Conquistadores.
Cabrillo head coach Jeff Dacus, however, refused to lay a finger on the panic button when Morro Bay made its charge. He was more concerned about his reserves getting playing time, plus gaining some valuable experience in LPL play.
“We played it cool,” Dacus said. “We put some guys in and gave some guys minutes just to see where they are. These guys have to play in some of these games to figure out how to do it and gain experience.”
Rowe not only got the Conquistadores (4-2, 1-0 LPL) to break the MBHS run, but reserve Luke Benchek guided the Conqs in the fourth quarter – scoring two of his goals in the final three minutes of the last period. Dacus says he likes the fact that his bench play emerged as a catalyst in this league battle.
“We got a lot of guys minutes and we saw a lot of good things,” Dacus said. “We made some learning opportunities for our second squad.”
Garrett Stanton flung three goals for the Conqs while Luna also tied for second on the team in goals with three. Thomas and Benchek finished with two goals.
Dacus loved the fact that CHS had more than one guy with multiple goals on the day.
“I like it a lot – spreading out the goals and making sure we didn’t get any stupid kick-outs, all those things we’ve been trying to work on in preseason. Hope it pays off,” Dacus said.
On the Pirates’ side, Josh Ward and Levi Kiull led the way with two goals apiece as Morro Bay dropped to 3-4 and 0-1 in the LPL. Andrew Monroe also scored for the visiting Pirates.
Cabrillo will now travel next Wednesday to take on league leader and traditional water polo powerhouse Santa Ynez, with the game time starting at 3 p.m.