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Coronado Girls Water Polo Team Splits Their Two Games Last Week

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:26 am

The Islander Girls Water Polo Team, under the direction of Head Coach Dave Throop, is a team that is comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomore athletes. Despite their youth and a steep learning curve, there has been no letup in the quality of the opponents they are playing. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 4-7, and they are 0-1 in Western League play.

Shortly after Christmas, the Islanders competed in a 16-team tournament in Orange County. Friday Dec. 27, Coronado lost to a very strong San Marcos squad and then lost to Harvard Westlake. Throop said, “At times we played very well at times against Harvard Westlake. They use a different type of defensive pressure, which was good for us to see. Then Saturday, we lost a heartbreaker to Los Osos 7-6. They are ranked in the Top 20 up their way and it was a good game for us. We did a good job controlling the game and the tempo. We just made one or two more errors than they did. Then we turned around and played Riverside Poly, who are a little more inexperienced than we are. It was good salt for the soul to finish the tournament with a win. The final score was 11-1. We had three goals from Brooke Lee; Mary Penny and Paula Martinez scored two goals each; and Lauren Gauvin, Sarah Olson, Katherine Wastila and Emmie Muschek had one goal each. Wastila had three assists and Muschek had two. In that game Ella Farley had seven saves in goal and Grace Morgan played the fourth quarter with one save.”

Fast forward to Friday, Jan. 3, and the Islanders hosted Westview High School. Coronado emerged from that contest with a 7-5 victory. Throop said, “It was an important game for playoff seeding. We were coming off of a week with some training spaced around the holidays. We started out a little slow and the game was 2-2 at the end of the first quarter and 4-4 at the half. We went on a three-goal run to win the game. Their final goal was on a defensive breakdown we had with a minute left to play. Brooke Lee continues to produce, and she had four goals. Lauren Gauvin, Paula Martinez and Sarah Olson had a goal each. Emmie Muschek had two steals, two field blocks and an assist. Our goalies split time and Michelle Croteau started the game and had eight saves, while Ella Farley had five saves and a steal in the second half. What we have been doing is if there is a single game that week, they each play a half. If there are multiple games on the schedule, they each get their own game. Since we have seven games this week, they’ll each get full games. It’s ideal for the team and it keeps them competitive. They’re handling it well.”

The final game of the week was at La Jolla and the Islanders opened their Western League season with an 8-3 loss. But Coach Throop saw encouraging signs from his team. “We played, for the most part, the best game we have played all season. The score wasn’t indicative of the game itself. The score was 1-1 at the end of the quarter and we missed some great scoring opportunities. We just didn’t finish. Our help defense and our awareness were pretty awesome. La Jolla led 4-2 at the half and 5-3 at the end of the third quarter. The game was still within reach. We made some mental errors and they scored three goals in the fourth quarter. Brooke Lee, Katherine Wastila and Emmy Muschek all had goals. Brooke had three steals. Ella Farley started in goal and she had seven saves and two steals in the first half. Michelle Croteau had five saves in the second half. Except for four minutes in the fourth quarter, it was the most complete game we have played all season. The team is gaining some confidence in what we are teaching and implementing.”

Looking to the future, Cathedral Catholic is on the schedule for Tuesday at 5 p.m. Thursday night there is a unique doubleheader as Agoura High School plays St. Crispin’s from New Zealand at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Coronado will play Schurr High School from Montebello. Friday and Saturday the Islanders host their annual 32-team America’s Finest City Tournament across four locations throughout the county. The sites include La Jolla High School, Cathedral Catholic, Del Norte and the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Center on the campus of Coronado High School. Coronado will open their portion of the tournament against Poway High. Throop said, “That will be a good lesson for us. Poway is competitive and we haven’t been in position lately to have a competitive first game in our tournament. Playing seven games in a week is a test and it’s Finals Week as well. It’s a good group, we’re doing the right things and we’re starting to see the results.”

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