The Carpinteria boys water polo team got a good look at CIF-SS Division 2 competition at the Buena/Ventura Tournament over the weekend.
The Warriors, who were elevated to Division 2 after winning the Division 5 title last year, went 2-2 in the tournament, beating Agoura (13-6) and Camarillo (12-9), while losing to El Dorado (15-6) and Chadwick (13-12).
Carpinteria was in a tight battle with seventh-ranked Chadwick.
“For most of the game, it was only a one-goal differential,” said coach Stephen Kim.
Justin Main scored five goals and Asher Smith had five despite being double- and triple-teamed for most of the game. Goalie Jacob Taff played a great game, making 12 saves.
Smith and Main were Carpinteria’s top goal scorers in the tournament, with 19 and 14 goals, respectively.
Smith scord six goals and Main had four in the win over Agoura. Taff had 12 saves, and Smith drew two exclusions and a penalty.
Against El Dorado, Smith finished with three goals and Taff made nine saves.
“We struggle to find a flowing offense and also had trouble slowing down the Goldenhawks’ offense,” said Kim.
Carpinteria put a solid game together to beat Camarillo. Smith scored six goals, Main had four and Cody Schwasnick added two goals. Taff stopped 12 shots.
“Our young team continues to grow,” said Kim.