With Olympic gold medalist Lauren Wenger in attendance, the Nevada Union girls water polo team dominated Roseville 18-5 to move to 6-3 in Sierra Foothill League play.
The Miners had little trouble trouncing the Tigers Tuesday, but with Wenger watching from the bleachers, there was definitely a nervousness to the team before the start of the match, said NU coach Craig Zetterberg.
Wenger won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Gold at the 2012 London Games as a defender on the women’s water polo team. She said once she makes the move from Long Beach to Nevada County, she would like to come work with the team.
While at the game, Wenger fielded questions from the girls water polo team as well as from other fans who gathered around the Olympian after the game. Wenger talked of her Olympic and collegiate experiences, as well as techniques when blocking and how important time management is for student-athletes. Wenger then stuck around to take pictures with fans.
In the win over Roseville, NU’s Nicole Blaney led the team with five goals, Sydnee Chambers added four, and Robyn Fernandez, Faith Robichaud and Hayley Chase each added three goals.
The victory over Roseville puts the Lady Miners in control of their own destiny as they head toward the playoffs, said Zetterberg. With just three conference games left to play, the Miners need to win out to clinch a berth in the postseason.
Having a chance to meet and talk with such an accomplished water polo player will hopefully help the Lady Miners on their quest to make the playoffs, said NU goalie Carly Messex.
“I think the whole team is very honored to have her come here,” Messex said. “To have her here and talking with us, I think it will be invigorating and bring energy and drive.”
The Lady Miners already avenged one of their early losses by handing Bear River its first loss in league play last week. NU will have to dole out some more revenge if it wants to win out though, as it will face two teams that it has already lost to this season in Del Oro and Granite Bay.
With the playoffs in sight, Messex said her team is aware of what it needs to do.
“We want it,” said Messex of the playoffs. “It’s come back into our reach, and we’re going to go for it.”
NU has a tournament this weekend and will resume SFL play Oct. 18 against Granite Bay.
Nevada Union 2, Rocklin 0
The Nevada Union boys soccer team played strong defense on its way to a two-goal victory over the Rocklin Thunder.
The Miners got a goal from David Bernadett, coming on an assist from Santiago Pineche, and a goal from Brandon Schwendeman, coming on an assist from Dominic Cressa.
The victory moves NU to 3-3 in SFL play with a Thursday matchup against undefeated Granite Bay on the horizon.
Forest Lake Christian 3, Sacramento Waldorf 0
The Lady Falcons stayed unbeaten in Central Valley California League play Tuesday by trouncing Sacramento Waldorf in three sets, 25-5, 25-4, 25-7.
Leading Forest Lake Christian (13-3, 5-0 CVCL) was Aly English with eight kills and seven assists, Morgan Koch added five kills, and Emily Woodward chipped in four.
Emily Pearce was lethal from the service line for FLC as she notched 10 aces on the night.
The Lady Falcons will look to continue their dominance Thursday against Victory Christian.
Nevada Union 300
The Lady Miners had another rough day on the links as they fell to Roseville by 40 strokes.
Taking the top spot in the match was Roseville’s Vergi Velasquez with a one-under-par 35.
Leading the Lady Miners was Megan Arnett with a 48, Carly Keogh finished with a 58, Julia Bernasconi tallied a 62, Lilly Pruett added a 64, and Morgan Hopkinson rounded things out with a 68.
Nevada Union has one final head-to-head match with Woodcreek before the final SFL tournament closes the season.
Placer 245, Bear River 275
The Lady Bruins improved upon their last meeting against Placer but not by enough as they fell to the Hillgals by 30 strokes.
Placer’s Hannah Gregg was the medalist in the contest shooting a par 36. Leading the lady Bruins was Jessica Pisenti with a 40, Cassie Smith shot a 54, Shelby Lampson finished with a 57, Olivia Naves shot a personal best 58, and Delaney Caper wrapped things up for Bear River with a 66.
The Lady Bruins hit the links again Thursday when they host Lincoln at the Lake of the Pines Golf Course.