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Lots of scoring and stellar defense help Lady Jags win five of their last seven in water polo


The Lady Jaguars cranked up the offensive pressure to win five of their seven games last week.



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January 31, 2014
The Valley Center varsity girls water polo team had a busy week last week, playing seven games and participating in the East County Invitational Tournament.

The Lady Jaguars won five of those seven games, and their only two losses came in one–goal games, including an overtime thriller. They finished sixth of the 16 teams in the East County Invite, and also added a pair of league wins in the middle of the week.

Last Monday, the Lady Jags opened the tournament against Otay Ranch and forced overtime, where they eventually suffered a 7–6 loss.

Otay Ranch slowly built a 4–3 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and still led by one with under 20 seconds left in the game. The Lady Jags called a timeout and got the ball to Casia Morrison for the game-tying goal that sent it to overtime.

But after a scoreless period to begin overtime, Otay Ranch came back in the second overtime to score the game-winner.

"This was a tough loss, but the girls battled back in the second quarter to stay in the game," said head coach Kyle Kline. "They were able to convert on a special play to take the game to overtime."

Casia Morrison had a great game with four goals, five steals, three exclusions, and one penalty shot. Samantha Gonzalez had one goal, one assist. April Lackpour had one goal, one assist, one steal, and one exclusion. Becca Vizcarra had seven goal saves and two steals.

The second game of the day was against Monte Vista and this time Valley Center had no trouble finding the back of the net and cruised to a 15–8 win.

"This was a great win for the girls. They had a solid first half at both ends of the pool. We gave up some goals in the third, but the girls battled back to take control of the game and earned the win."

Samantha Gonzalez had a great game with five goals, one assist, and one steal. Casia Morrison had another great game with four goals, two steals, one exclusion, and one penalty shot. April Lackpour had a solid game with two goals, six assists, one steal, and one exclusion. Zoe Zeller had a good game with two goals. Stephanie McCaulley had a good game with one goal, two assists. Yulissa Ortiz had one goal. Makaila Keeley had a solid game in the goal with seven goal saves, and two steals.

Last Wednesday, the Lady Jaguars hosted Orange Glen and scored early and often to run away with a 21–5 win.

Casia Morrison had four goals, three assists, six steals. Samantha Gonzalez had four goals, one assist, one steal. Zoe Zeller had three goals, one assist, one steal. Maggie Ryan had three goals, one steal. Gabby Chiarello had two goals, one steal. Makaila Keeley had two goals, two assists, one steal. April Lackpour had one goal, two assists, one steal, and one exclusion. Stephanie McCaulley had one goal, one assist, three steals, and one penalty shot. Riley McCarick had one goal, four assists, four steals. Makaila Keeley had three goals saves, one assist, and one steal in one quarter. Becca Vizcarra had nine goal saves, one assist, and one steal in three quarters.

The Lady Jags stayed home for another league match on Thursday, as they hosted Escondido and rolled to a 13–5 win.

"This was a solid win for the girls as they were solid defensively and were able to convert on offense," Coach Kline said.

Casia Morrison had a great game with seven goals, one assist, two steals, one block. Samantha Gonzalez had a good game with three goals, and two exclusions. Zoe Zeller had a good game with two goals, two assists. Makaila Keeley had one goal playing in the field in the last two minutes. April Lackpour had three assists, three steals, one exclusion, and one penalty shot. Makaila Keeley had an excellent game in goal earning 13 goal saves, three steals. Becca Vizcarra had one steal in the goal.

Valley Center returned to action in the East County Invite on Friday, as they blew out San Ysidro 11–2.

"This was a slower game for us as we beat them early in the month easily," said Coach Kline. "We had a hard time converting on shots and had many missed passes but the girls never gave up and earned the win."

Casia Morrison had a solid game with six goals, three assists, six steals, and one exclusion. Samantha Gonzalez had two goals, one assist. April Lackpour had two goals, one assist, one steal, and one exclusion. Zoe Zeller had one goal, one assist. Becca Vizcarra had one assist. Riley McCarick had one assist, and one steal. Charlotte McCarick had one assist. Makaila Keeley had 13 goal saves, one assist, and one steal.

On Saturday the Lady Jags faced West Hills and couldn't get the late goal they needed in taking a 7–6 loss.

"This was a great effort for the girls as West HIlls handled us early in the season giving us an 11–3 loss," Coach Kline said. "The girls showed a ton of improvement from the last time we faced them so it was a solid game."

Zoe Zeller had a great game with three goals, one assist, one steal, one block. Casia Morrison played well with one goal, one assist, eight steals, one exclusion, and one penalty shot. Samantha Gonzalez had one goal, two assists, one steal, and one exclusion. Maggie Ryan had one goal. Makaila Keeley had another great game with ten saves, four steals.

In the final game of the tournament, the Lady Jaguars faced El Capitan and scored four goals in the fourth quarter to take a narrow 10–9 win.

"This was a huge win for the girls," said Coach Kline. "They were able to work their way back into the game knotting it at nine with less than a minute left. We were able to make a huge defensive stop with Makaila Keeley blocking a five meter penalty shot. After a timeout, we ran a play to take the lead and were able to convert on a shot by Casia Morrison. Again we were able to come up with a huge defensive stop with a steal by Casia and were able to run out the clock to take the win. The girls were tired but never gave up in this game. They really started working together as a team and it paid off."

Casia Morrison had another huge game with six goals, one assist, five steals, one block, and one penalty shot. Samantha Gonzalez had one goal, one assist. April Lackpour had one goal, three assists. Maggie Ryan had one goal, one assist, and one steal. Stephanie McCaulley had three steals. Zoe Zeller had one assist. Makaila Keeley had another excellent game with 11 goal saves, two assists.

"This was a great tournament for the girls as they earned sixth place out of 16 teams," Coach Kline added. "Our two losses were by only one goal so the girls were extremely competitive with the top placing teams. The girls are starting to gain some momentum and are having good team chemistry."

The next game for Valley Center comes on Thursday at home against San Pasqual at 4:15 p.m., where the team will celebrate Senior Night.

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