Falcons Finish 5th In Tough Tournament Test

By Jason Carrey

CCC Invitational Tournament

Game One:

The Falcons faced Washington High School of Fremont in their first game of the weekend. There isn’t much to say about this game because Washington HS dominated the entire game on every side of the ball. The Falcons played one of their worst games of the season and the end result proved that, as they lost 10-0 to Washington.

However, in game Two on Friday, CB responded and bounced back from their previous loss to Washington. The Falcons faced Alhambra High School of Martinez in the final game on Friday evening. CB took an early lead with goals from Sam Noonan (’20) and Nick Piper (’19). Alhambra responded with a couple of goals, and they even took the lead at the end of the first quarter. After the first quarter, it was all CB for the rest of the game. The Falcons took an early second quarter lead thanks to goals from Luke Sorensen (’19) and Owen Clark (’19), and CB never looked back from there. The Falcons dominated the rest of the game en route to a 15-9 victory over a scrappy Alhambra team. The Falcons finished the day at 1-1 and were ready for more tough competition coming their way the next day.

Saturday, day two of the CCC Invitational, was set out to be a make or break day for CB Water Polo in terms of seeing how far the Falcons have progressed as a team over the first month of the season. CB faced new section rival Sonora High School in the first game Saturday morning. The Falcons beat Sonora in last year’s Division III Section Championship game, but Sonora beat CB this year in the first game of the season, and CB just recently defeated Sonora last weekend at the Chuck McCollum Invitational in Loomis. These teams have a history of hard fought games that usually go down to the wire, so this game against Sonora was poised to be another nail biter. However, that was not the case, as CB had something else in mind.

Sam Noonan shot the Falcons out to a very early 2-0 lead over Sonora in the opening minutes of the game. Sonora responded with a quick goal, but Owen Clark followed Noonan with a goal of his own to extend the Falcon lead to 3-1. The scoring came to a halt for a little, but Luke Sorensen and Nick Piper broke the game open in the second quarter with a couple of goals to give CB a commanding 9-5 lead at the halftime break. Sonora opened the second half with a couple of goals to bring the score to 9-7 and make the game a little more interesting. But the Falcons responded with another goal from Sam Noonan to make the score 10-7 at the end of the third quarter. An early fourth quarter goal from CB pushed their lead to 11-7 and virtually put the game out of reach for Sonora. Goalie Luc Verspieren (’19) came up huge for the Falcons in the fourth quarter, as he made several tremendous saves to prevent Sonora from crawling back into the game.

CB dominated the game from start to finish and the final score indicated that, as the Falcons beat the Sonora Wildcats by a score of 11-8. CB is now 2-1 on the year against Sonora and it is very likely that these teams will meet again on November 11 at American River College for the Division III Section Championship game once again. This win was huge for CB and their confidence, as they head into the middle of the season and league play. The Falcons hope to build off this huge victory and keep improving throughout the rest of the season.

The Falcons still had another game to play on Saturday, as they faced Amador Valley High School from Pleasanton in the fifth place game on Saturday afternoon. The two teams traded goals in the first quarter and the score was 1-1 at the end of the period. Jason Carrey (’18) got the scoring started in the second quarter with a goal for the Falcons. However, Amador Valley responded with a goal of their own, and they did not back down. They took the lead in the second quarter 3-2, but CB had an answer with two straight goals by Nick Piper and Sam Noonan. 4-3 was the halftime score and this game was set up to be a close one. Amador Valley opened the second half strong and took a 5-4 lead over CB, but the Falcons had a response. Two Jason Carrey goals and a goal from Sam Noonan gave the Falcons a 7-5 lead as the game headed into the fourth quarter. No goals were scored until late in the fourth quarter when Jason Carrey put the game away for good with his 4th goal of the game. The Falcons were victorious yet again, this time by a final score of 8-5 over the Amador Valley Dons. CB finished the tournament at a 3-1 record, which was good enough for a 5th place finish out of 16 teams at the tournament.

After one full month of the season has been completed, the Falcons overall record sits at 9-6 . This week, CB is set to take on the Oakmont Vikings on Tuesday night in Roseville, and they are also slated to match up with the Bear River Bruins on Thursday night up in Grass Valley. They finally have no tournament this upcoming weekend, as the boys get a well deserved weekend break from playing water polo.