OAKDALE -- When Oakdale High created its water polo program, it had nowhere to play because the Valley Oak League didn't field the sport.
Instead, the Mustangs were invited to the Modesto Metro Conference.
Oakdale has made its mark in the four years since accepting the invitation -- and Thursday the Mustangs won the title by routing Davis 18-4.
"It surprises me, considering the teams we're playing in the MMC," Oakdale coach Alan Stender said.
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"A kid like Tyler Bolton, who we played today, can get nine, 10 goals in a match. I think the difference is the defense we've been playing."
Oakdale (12-0 MMC) used a double-team approach to limit Bolton to two goals, cycling multiple players into the hole-set and dropping a second defender down to harass Bolton.
"Everyone on our team plays excellent defense, always ready to help out someone else," Stender said.
Robbie Earle had six goals for Oakdale, which finished third, second and third in its first three years.
TURLOCK 11, BUHACH COLONY 7, at Turlock -- The Bulldogs (9-1 CCC) outscored the Thunder (9-1) 5-1 in the fourth quarter to pull away and leave the teams tied for first place. Eric Bonander, Erik Arakelian and Zac Young led the game-ending rally and finished with three goals apiece.
Girls Water Polo
JOHANSEN 17, DOWNEY 1, at Johansen -- Brooke Fuller scored four goals and the Vikings (11-1 MMC) stayed on track for next week's potential championship match with Modesto by beating the Knights (0-12). Johansen spread the wealth: Andie Plunkett, Ericka Freddie and Taylor Hanson had three goals each.
DOWNEY 3, DAVIS 1, at Davis -- The first-place Knights (10-1-2, 32 points MMC) set up a showdown Tuesday, when they host second-place Johansen (10-2-1, 31 points).
PATTERSON 12, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1, at Patterson -- Rodrigo Aldana's hat trick gives him 42 goals, making him the state's No. 1 scorer and keeping the Tigers (10-0-1) atop the Western Athletic Conference.
MODESTO 3, BEYER 0, at Modesto -- The Panthers (27-5, 12-0) continued to roll through the MMC, as Gianna Gallo had 18 assists and Peka Pesaleli did a little bit of everything (six blocks, three aces and five digs).