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Lady Jags win two of six in San Diego Open water polo tournament



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February 13, 2014
Valley Center's varsity girls water polo team put together some outstanding team performances in the San Diego Open Tournament last week, but the Lady Jaguars didn't get the results they were looking for, as they won only twice in the last six games. The tournament began with a comeback that turned into an overtime loss, as the Lady Jags faced Patrick Henry and were defeated on a "sudden victory" goal, 7–6.

The Lady Jaguars gave up four goals in the first quarter and trailed 6–2 at halftime, but after a scoreless third quarter, Valley Center came back with four goals and a shutout period to tie the game at the end of regulation. Under the "sudden victory" rule of the win going to the first team to score in overtime, the Lady Jags had several attempts at the goal but eventually gave up the game-winner to Patrick Henry. "This was a tough loss," said head coach Kyle Kline. "We struggled early but were able to put together a solid fourth quarter to keep us in the game. Unfortunately we were unable to finish with a goal for the win."

Casia Morrison had a solid game with five goals, one steal, three exclusions, and one penalty shot. Zoe Zeller had one goal, one assist, four steals. April Lackpour had one assist. Maggie Ryan had one steal. Stephanie McCaulley had three steals. Samantha Gonzalez had four assists, one steal, and two exclusions. Makaila Keeley had six goal saves and four steals. The second game of the tournament was against La Jolla Country Day, and the Lady Jaguars turned a solid start into an 11–4 win. The Lady Jags built an 8–3 lead at the half and cruised through the second half to take the big win.

"The girls had a much better start in this game taking control early and setting the tone for the rest of the game," Coach Kline said. Casia Morrison had another great game with eight goals, one assist, two steals, and one exclusion. Zoe Zeller had one goal, two assists, one steal, and one exclusion. Maggie Ryan had one goal. Stephanie McCaulley had one goal, four steals. April Lackpour had three assists, one exclusion. Samantha Gonzalez had two assists, one steal. Becca Vizcarra had one assist, one steal. Makaila Keeley had a great game with nine saves and five steals. On Wednesday, Valley Center took on Mar Vista and couldn't overcome a slow start in taking an 8–4 loss.

Casia Morrison had two goals, five steals, three exclusions, and one penalty shot. Zoe Zeller had one goal, one assist. Stephanie McCaulley had one goal. April Lackpour had one assist, two steals. Samantha Gonzalez had one assist, two steals, and one exclusion. Makaila Keeley had five goal saves and three steals. Then on Friday, the Lady Jaguars once again struggled in the first half en route to a 12–4 loss to Rancho Buena Vista. Casia Morrison had three goals, two steals, one block, and two exclusions. Zoe Zeller had one goal, and one exclusion. April Lackpour had two assists, one steal. Samantha Gonzalez had four steals, one block, and one exclusion. Gabby Chiarello had one assist. Stephanie McCaulley had one steal. Makaila Keeley had a great game with 17 goal saves, one assist, and two steals.

But the team rebounded on Saturday against Santana, as the Lady Jags fought hard for every goal in taking a 5–4 win. The teams battled to a tie game at three at halftime, and although Santana pulled ahead by a goal after three quarters, Valley Center scored twice and kept the Lady Sultans scoreless in the fourth to take the one-goal win. "This was a solid win for the girls after we struggled in the last few games," Coach Kline said. "We were able to convert on some shots and were much more aggressive on defense."

Casia Morrison had a solid game with four goals, one assist, seven steals, and one exclusion. April Lackpour had one goal, one assist. Zoe Zeller had a good defensive game earning five steals and one assist. Samantha Gonzalez had two assists, three steals, and one exclusion. Stephanie McCaulley had two steals. Maggie Ryan had one steal. Makaila Keeley had another solid game with 12 goal saves and one steal.

The final game of the tournament was against Fallbrook, and Valley Center couldn't get going on offense in taking an 8–5 loss. Casia Morrison had another solid game with four goals, eight steals. Samantha Gonzalez had a good game with one goal, one assist, two steals, two exclusions. Zoe Zeller had one steal. April Lackpour had one assist. Riley McCarick had one assist. Stephanie McCaulley had one assist. Makaila Keeley had another solid game with 11 goal saves and two steals. "This was a great tournament for the girls to earn a top-twenty out of thirty-eight teams," said Coach Kline. "We played some solid teams and learned a lot as we head into the final week of the regular season." The Lady Jaguars have wrapped up the regular season with games against Clairemont on Tuesday and against Oceanside on Wednesday.

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