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Coronado Girls Water Polo Team Falls To Murrieta Valley 14-9 In Regular Season Opener

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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2019 1:06 pm | Updated: 1:26 pm, Mon Dec 2, 2019.

When you consider the Islander Girls Water Polo Team and Head Coach Dave Throop have been together in an organized fashion for just 10 days, a loss in the first game against Murrieta Valley wasn’t totally unexpected. Throop discussed the game details. “We were down 6-1 at the end of the first quarter and 10-5 at the half. We made some early mistakes which allowed the game to get a little out of hand. Four or five of the goals by halftime were attributable to our inexperience. A couple of times we let one of their best players score on a one-on-goalie situation. Murrieta does a good job and they are physical. After the first half, we settled down. Another factor is they returned their whole team from last year and we didn’t. I’m still learning our personnel.”

Throop split the time in goal between Michelle Croteau and Emma Farley. Throop added, “Michelle had three saves and Ella had five saves and a steal. Our leading scorers were Brooke Lee and Lauren Gauvin with three each. Mary Penny, Paula Martinez and Emmie Muschek had one goal each. Lee had two assists and Gauvin, Sarah Olson and Muschek had one each.”

Throop dived deeper into his philosophy of play. “One of the keys for us is we have always been oriented to movement. Once the Girls realized that was a part of the game, we drew 13 exclusions in our favor. Murrieta is a little more physical, like you would see in the playoffs. Once we started moving, we had opportunities. We’re working on basic things, like how do you handle pressure, how do we press and be in position to help on defense. We will be a very different team in February than we are now. We have some good pieces to the puzzle, and we need to see how they all fit. This week we’re just training and next week we have two games, one home and one away. We’re gearing toward getting better day in and day out. The players’ attitudes are great, and they are all getting along.”

In an unusual scheduling twist, after playing the regular season game against Murrieta, Saturday the Islanders played an exhibition game against Westview in the Coach Draz Classic. Throop essentially used the game as a training exercise, splitting the team into two equally competitive groups. He also played all three of his goalies, including sophomore Grace Morgan. For a couple of minutes in the fourth quarter, Throop fielded what is essentially his starting lineup and that group dominated Westview. Other than that, the game didn’t matter except on one front. “The game against Westview gave us a good confidence boost,” Throop said.

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