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Islander Boys Water Polo Plays Cathedral Close, Defeats Canyon Crest

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 12:41 pm | Updated: 12:43 pm, Fri Oct 4, 2019.

The Cathedral Catholic Dons are generally considered to be the No. 1 water polo team in San Diego, at least for now, and last Thursday afternoon they came to Coronado for the first Western League game of the season for both teams. The Dons emerged with a 9-7 victory. Islander Head Coach Sean Castillo said, “It was an extremely good game for us. The score was close for the entire game. It was 2-2 at the end of the first quarter and they were up 5-4 at the half. They went up in the third quarter and held on for the 9-7 final.”

Scoring for Coronado included two goals each from Calvin Peckham, Carlos Morales and Matthew Wastila. Fernando Morales scored once, while Teddy Oliver had 10 saves in goal.

Saturday morning at 9 a.m., the Islanders hosted Canyon Crest Academy for a game that was postponed due to lightening from earlier in the season. Coronado, better prepared than most teams for an early morning game, due to their pre-dawn practice schedule, won 9-4. According to Coach Castillo, “Canyon Crest is a good team and is on the bubble between Division I and the Open Division for the CIF Playoffs. We had Calvin Peckham, Carolos Morales and Matthew Wastila score twice each, and single goals from Peter Olson, Fernando Morales and Cole Ackerly.”

When asked about the recent scoring surge from Wastila, Castillo said, “We’ve been tinkering with our lineups and playing with two lefties at once. Matthew is playing a different position on our six-on-fives (man-up scoring opportunities) and some of his goals are coming from that. Teddy Oliver played three quarters in goal and Noah Luebbert played the last quarter.”

Coronado’s record stands at 6-6 overall, 0-1 in the Western League. When asked to assess where he thought the Islanders ranked in the San Diego Section currently, Castillo replied, “We lost to La Jolla, but that was the last game of the America’s Finest City Tournament. We played close with Vista, and we haven’t played Steel Canyon yet. So, I would say now we are in the No. 6 to No. 7 range.”

This weekend the Islanders travel to Irvine High School to participate in the 16-team SoCal Invitational Tournament. Their first game is against Corona del Mar Friday at 12:10 p.m. Castillo said, “This is probably one of the top five or six tournaments in the country. We’re the southern-most team in the event and the only team from San Diego. Most of the teams are from the Los Angeles-Irvine area, although Sacred Heart and The Menlo School make the trip from Northern California.”

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