“We probably were overmatched,” El Rancho coach Joel Francisco said. “We tend to struggle against physical teams, and they are very physical. They did a good job of taking away what we wanted to do on offense.” Sprague cited his players for their good decision-making and creating opportunities to score. “Seventeen goals are a lot of offense against a defense that was designed (dropping back in the middle) to stop us from scoring a lot of goals,” Sprague said. Callerous and John Schmidtbauer each had three goals for Whittier, while A.J. Abrego and Jose Navarro each had two goals for El Rancho. Whittier outshot El Rancho, 27-25, and Birkenbach recorded five saves to Whittier goalkeeper Cameron Boulter’s eight. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — El Rancho High School stacked its defense to stop Whittier High School’s Cory Baccus, but the talented Cardinals water polo player still managed to score eight goals and lead Whittier to a 17-7 victory over visiting El Rancho in a Del Rio League game Tuesday. “They made us adjust because they ran a different defense to stop Cory,” Whittier coach Todd Sprague said. “I thought our kids did a really good job of handling their speed. (El Rancho) played very aggressively, and that was good for our kids because they tend to be a little complacent at times.” Miguel Villalobos and Baccus scored in the first minute and, less than three minutes into the game, Baccus had three goals and Whittier led 4-0. A pair of goals by Cody Callerous in the second quarter led the Cardinals to a 9-2 halftime advantage. Two more goals by Baccus in the third quarter, one a quick backhanded throw from inside 4 meters that caught goalkeeper Matt Birkenbach by surprise, made it 12-3 after three quarters.