Freshman Sydney Fountain scored six goals to lead the Okemos girls water polo team to victory over rival Grand Ledge, 18-2, and hand the Comets their first league loss on Tuesday.
The Chiefs remain undefeated in the CAAC.
“This was obviously a big game because we were both unbeaten in league play, but we still play two more league teams and we’re taking every game as it comes,” Okemos coach Matt Latham said.
“We made mistakes and they were able to capitalize on them,” Grand Ledge coach Sam Marsh said.
“We weren’t able to get it together offensively and they have some really outstanding players, so it’s a tough matchup.”
Okemos (11-0, 2-0), took a commanding lead early, scoring nine goals in the first quarter.
Grand Ledge senior Rachel Kehren scored the Comets’ first goal in the second quarter, but the Chiefs led 13-1 at halftime.
“Coming into the game, we wanted to come out early and start strong and we’ve done a good job of it this season,” Latham said.
“We played Ann Arbor last night, so I’m happy that we were able to come out and play our style again tonight.”
In the third quarter, Okemos scored on all but one possession, adding four goals.
In the fourth quarter, the Comet defense slowed the Chiefs’ attack and held Okemos to one goal with just over two minutes to play.
Grand Ledge’s Kehren scored the Comets’ second goal with just under a minute to play.
In addition to Fountain’s six goals, Okemos senior Katie Dudley added five goals and Maddie Schools finished with two. Carly Seeterlin, Alex Chow, Jennifer Przybylo, Emil Wozena and Sarah Williams each added a goal for the Chiefs.
Senior goalkeeper Rachel Sternick totaled 10 saves.
“We’re focused on every game right now, and we have our sights set very high,” said Latham of his team’s goals. “We’re ranked No. 1 in the state right now and we’re trying to play like a team that deserves that ranking.”
Okemos is the top ranked team in the state according to the Michigan Water Polo Association.
Grand Ledge is 7-3, 2-1.