For the 2022-2023 Coronado High School girl’s water polo team, or as some may know them, the defending CIF DI Champions, the start of their quest to repeat has been off to a solid start.
Standing with a record of 4-3, the Islanders have shown flashes of championship caliber of play with impressive wins over teams such as Patrick Henry High School and Poway High School.
But there have also been some struggles with losses to conference foes like Bishops High School just over a week ago.
So with El Camino High School entering the water of the BBMAC this past Thursday, the Islanders looked to get back into the win column and find more of that championship caliber of play.
And to the fans in attendance, it was a signature Islander victory as they blew out the visiting Wildcats by the score of 11-2.
While the Islander’s attack no doubt stole the show with the 11 goals, I think it’s also essential to give the Islander girl’s defense a tip of the cap. As holding any team to just two goals is wildly impressive.
Starting in goal, Harper Gilbert recorded eight plus saves while also doing a phenomenal job of directing traffic and helping to communicate with her fellow defenders on where they should be to help shut down any shooting lanes.
On defense, the Islanders would also get top-tier performances from Abby Reyes, Caraline Wastila, Kyla Granados, and Sofia Goicoechea.
The defensive unit simply kept El Camino from settling in on the night as they played great on-ball defense while also tipping several shots, thus deviating their trajectory toward the goal. All in all, it was a defensive performance to remember from the Islanders.
Now on the offensive side, the Islanders were equally as efficient. Leading the scoring barrage for the Islanders would be Goicoechea, Reyes, Wastila, and Megan Ledgerwood, who all added goals on the night for the Islanders.
Their decisive and crisp passing also stood out about the Islander’s attack on the night. They knew where the ball needed to go, and there was little to no hesitation. While something like passing may often be overlooked, it was a significant reason that the Islanders were able to pile goals onto El Camino.
Overall the 11-2 win was a confidence booster for the Islanders, and it came at arguably just the right time, as starting this week, they will work their way into the ever-important conference play portion of their schedule.
Coronado will be back in action with two matches, first facing La Jolla on January 17 and then Clairemont on January 19.
VOL. 113, NO. 3 - Jan. 18, 2023