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Islander Girls Water Polo Are Runners-Up In Division II SoCal Regionals

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:49 pm

Technically the last Islander winter sports team standing from the 2018-19 season was the Girls Water Polo Team, who by virtue of their third place finish in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division, qualified for the SoCal Division II Regional Championships held over the weekend in Orange County. Islander Head Coach Alicia Began summarized the event by saying, “It was a nice extension to the water polo season and a wonderful tournament for us. We went up and stayed the night, which was good for team bonding and they played very well.”

Specifically, play began Friday night with a dominating win by Coronado over Roosevelt High School by the score of 15-4. Began said, “We played all 16 athletes who traveled with us, which was great to do. The starting group, the 12 varsity girls played well, and it was fun to see the young girls play well also and to get some playing time in a regional tournament. Abby Sylvester stood out for us with five goals in that game.” Emma Farley started in goal, with Isabel Tobia seeing her first varsity time in goal for Coronado in the contest and goalie Phoebe Wallace earning some playing time as well.

Saturday, Coronado’s first game was with Oaks Christian High School of Westlake Village and the game was played at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana. The Islanders prevailed 10-6. In this game, Michele Croteau spent most of the time in goal. Coach Began said, “We were up 5-4 at the half and we had a meeting and said that we were playing for pride and for this to not be the last game of the season. Reese Oliver was our standout and she earned a ton of exclusions. She had three goals in the third quarter alone.”

The Oaks Christian game was played at 12:30 p.m. and the Division II Final was held at 5:30 pm, which found Coronado facing Schurr High School from Montebello, the same team that won Coronado’s America’s Finest City Tournament earlier this season. Unfortunately Schurr won this tournament as well, defeating Coronado 12-6. Began said, “It was close until the last couple of minutes. It was a pretty good game and all the varsity athletes fought all game long and they tried hard for all four quarters. They have a standout player who is going to Fresno State and she got the better of us in the second quarter. We were even in the first, third and most of the fourth quarters, until the very end. It was an absolutely great thing to have the second opportunity to have another week of water polo. The Girls showed a lot of moral character to overcome that loss to Carlsbad. The showed up last Thursday for practice, we developed some new offensive tactics and we were able to install them for this weekend.”

There is not much rest allowed in the world of water polo. Began said she gets a week away from the pool and then the Coronado Aquatics Club’s Water Polo Club season starts. There is a co-ed water polo team for 12 and under children, then there are 14, 16 and 18 and under teams for both Boys and Girls. For more information regarding the CAC, go to https://cac.nadopolo.com/.

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