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Trojan water polo team eliminated by Lodi, 9-7

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ water polo team saw its season come to an end Tuesday following a 9-7 loss to Lodi in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

The Trojans, who lost to Lodi earlier in the season by two goals, suffered the same fate the second time around. The team got off to a slow start, trailing 4-1 at halftime, and never led in the match. Despite playing better in the second half where they outscored the Flames 6-5, Oak Ridge never got closer than one goal to the lead.

“We did not play well in the first half,” Oak Ridge coach Don McCormick said. “I think we could have won if we played better in the first half. I was very proud of the team for regrouping at halftime and making a game of it. We had two chances to tie the game, but just couldn’t convert in the end.”

Bryan Cole scored three goals, while Trevor Dong found the back of the net twice. Cameron Bullock and Jeremy Levin also scored one goal apiece.

Oak Ridge finished the season with a 21-10 record.

“Overall, the season was successful,” McCormick said. “Having lost the seniors we did last year and then going 21-10 and winning a playoff match was pleasing in my eyes. The guys fell slightly short of their goal, but left everything in the pool against Lodi. They should be proud of their season.”