The Wilcox Chargers girls and boys varsity teams beat the Santa Clara Bruins, 13-8 and 17-3, respectively, on Oct. 10 at Santa Clara High School.
In the girls game, senior Kim Fidler led the Chargers with six goals, followed by sophomore Kaylee Rosa with three, senior Destiny Rauschhuber with two, and seniors Nicole Dow and Lisa Green with one goal apiece. Rosa and Rauschhuber’s late-game goals helped seal the victory for Wilcox.
“That was a great game for us,” said head coach Scott Blake. “Santa Clara beat us three weeks ago by the same score so I’m proud to see the progress that we’ve made in that time. We stuck to the game plan and incorporated some of our newer tactics, which made a tremendous defensive difference. [Junior] Sarah [Geiger] had a great day in the cage with nine saves, but she really made the difference with pinpoint counter attack passing, racking up five assists.”
On the boys’ side, Wilcox put on a defensive clinic, shutting out the Bruins in the first half and allowing only three second half scores. When junior Kevin Aisawa scored on a penalty shot early in the game, the Chargers never looked back. Senior Alejandro Barrionuevo led the team with four goals (all in the first half). Juniors Robert Gaylord and Kevin Le and senior Tim Pickard scored three times each, while junior Arman Malek scored twice and junior Glen Chandler once to give Wilcox the commanding victory.
Most of the Chargers’ goals came from simply outplaying what appeared to be an unprepared Bruins team. The Bruins missed many opportunities by either overshooting the goal or turning the ball over, and the Chargers simply outplayed their cross-town rivals by quickly moving the ball forward and taking every opportunity to score.
The Bruins look to bounce back when both the boys and girls teams play at Cupertino on Oct. 17. The Chargers hope to continue their winning ways when the girls team plays at Monta Vista and the boys at Homestead, also on Oct. 17.