Boys Water Polo: Moses Bower surpasses Garrett Wilson as Strathmore’s all-time career goal scorer at 158 goals

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By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

STRATHMORE – It was a historic night for Strathmore’s Moses Bower in the Spartans’ 13-9 win over the Tulare Western Mustangs on Wednesday, Aug. 29. He entered the game tied with Garrett Wilson for the all-time career goals scored at 157 goals. It took less than a quarter for Bower to rewrite history, and with a little over four minutes left in the first quarter he got a pass on the right side of the goal. He took his defender one-on-one and spun around him. In the clear, and right in front of the net, he finished his scoring chance with a goal in the upper right corner giving him the outright record at 158 goals.

“All my hard work has paid off,” Bower said. “All the years of working hard with the Chapmans and Steven just paid off tonight.”

Bower was not done after his first goal. He extended the record to 165 goals by scoring seven more in the game. In the remainder of the first quarter he did all the scoring for the Spartans as four of his shots found the net. It seemed each time Spartans entered the offensive zone they were trying to get the ball into his hands. His physicality and movement in the water made him difficult to stop. He even seemed to score with multiple Mustang defenders around him.

“We’ve got a guy who we know can handle the situations,” Stadtherr said.

This year’s Spartan team is not the most seasoned Coach Stadtherr has had over the years. In fact, Bower is only one of four seniors, and his experience is unquestioned. Behind him is only one junior and the rest are sophomores and freshmen which make up the roster.

“We are still finding our way,” Stadtherr said. “We relied a little too much on Bower in this game. A lot of times we were sitting there and watching him do his thing and it is not good for our team development.”

According to Stadtherr he believes at times the entire team contributes and then there are times only one or more players do all the work. The day prior to their win over Tulare Western, the Spartans defeated the Monache Marauder 14-13. Bower only had four goals on the night. 

“We need the entire team to develop and not just one guy,” Stadtherr said.

The inexperience also spilled over into the defensive side of the ball. Multiple times the Spartans held multiple goal leads, but were unable to put Tulare Western away. Toward the end of the third quarter they held their largest lead of the night at 9-5. However, it did not matter how large a lead they had the Mustangs found a way to keep the game interesting. Before the end of the third quarter the Spartans lead had dropped to two at 9-7.

“We just got a little lazy overall,” Stadtherr said. “We had our hips down and let them swim right over us to the ball.”

Strathmore played in the Fresno Tournament last weekend and went 2-2. In their last game they defeated the Sanger Apaches 11-9. That was after two straight losses to the Reedley Pirates, 12-9, and the Edison Tigers, 16-5. In their first game they defeated fellow East Sequoia League foe the Sierra Pacific Golden Bears 12-7.

On Tuesday night, the Spartans took on the Tulare Union Tribe. The final score was reached after press time.

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