Miners sink Bruins
In a cross-county matchup between Sierra Foothill League foes, the Nevada Union boys water polo team took an early edge over Bear River and never looked back as it topped the Bruins, 14-6.
The Miners scored just eight seconds into the game when Will Carrara fired the first goal past the Bruin defense. Bear River responded with a quick goal of its own from Hunter Sinclair to knot the game at one.
Nevada Union’s Ryan Willett snatched back the lead for the Miners by skipping the ball past the Bruin goalie to put NU up 2-1. The Miners did not trail after that.
Kendall Pawlowski and Carrara added two more scores in the first to give the Miners a 4-2 advantage after one quarter.
In the second, the Miners extended their lead on a pair of goals from Gabe Saturnino and a goal from Chase Milhous.
“We don’t have any one guy. We have a bunch of guys we can go to,” NU head coach Lotty Hellested said. “We have good depth.”
Nevada Union goalie Greg Rousseau was dominant, holding Bear River to just three goals in the first half and six for the game. Rousseau finished the day with nine saves, many of which were in one-on-one situations.
“They had lots of good shots, and Greg had nine outstanding blocks,” Hellested said.
Bear River’s Cameron Kelly was able to fire a penalty shot past Rousseau in the second, cutting NU’s lead to 6-3, but the Miners added a pair of goals before half to take an 8-3 advantage into the break.
In the third, the Bruins crept back into the game with goals from Mac Slane and Garet Marsh, bringing the score to 8-5, but the Miners answered with goals from Carrara and Saturnino to end the quarter up 10-5.
Carrara finished the day with a game-high four goals, and Saturnino finished with three.
In the fourth, Rouseau shut down any chance of a comeback by allowing one goal in the final quarter, and NU tacked on four more of its own to seal the victory.
In the game, Bear River struggled to convert its six-on-five opportunities, going 0-for-4 with a one man advantage.
Bear River head coach Alan Eggers said his team needs to improve its passing before its next game.
“They played hard, but they just weren’t making clean passes,” Eggers said. “And (Nevada Union’s) goalie did a great job.”
With the win, Nevada Union moves to 3-0 in SFL play, and Bear River falls to 2-2 in SFL play.
Both squads will take to the pool again Tuesday as NU hosts Granite Bay, and Bear River faces Roseville at home.
JV: Nevada Union 13,
Bear River 5
The Miners sank the Bruins at Bear River Tuesday behind strong goalie play from Isaiah Marcum and goals from a plethora of players.
Nevada Union’s Ethan Good and Nick Vandra scored multiple goals, Reed Bertran netted a goal, and Marcum held Bear River without a score in the second half as the Miners cruised to an eight-point victory.
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