Playing one of their best games of the year, the Pirates' men's water polo team gave No. 3-ranked LA Valley all they could handle before falling 13-7 Wednesday in Valley Glen. Cole Morter drew seven ejections with one assist and a steal and Kyle Goodrich had two helpers and two drawn exclusions for VC (9-14, 1-3).Tanner islander and Ryan Reardon each netted three goals in the match.
Ventura kept things tight in the first quarter with a pair of scores from Reardon and another goal by Islander. VC trailed 4-3 at the quarter break. The Pirates could not maintain the momentum in the second period, however, and trailed 8-3 at halftime. Despite the rough patch, Ventura kept up the fight, playing the Monarchs to within a goal in the final half.
Ventura will next travel to Costa Mesa on Saturday Oct. 21 to play Orange Coast and Grossmont.