Lady Jags finish second in Valley League with water polo win over Oceanside
VC earns No. 8 seed in CIF Division III playoffs
The Valley Center defense has been strong as the team heads into the post-season.
February 21, 2014Valley Center's varsity girls water polo team wrapped up the regular season last week with a strong performance, as the Lady Jaguars beat Oceanside on Wednesday to clinch second place in the Valley League.
The Lady Jags also earned the No. 8 seed in the CIF Division III playoffs, which began this Wednesday with a matchup against No. 9-seed Mission Bay at Del Norte High School.
Leading up to the post-season, the Lady Jaguars traveled to Clairemont last Tuesday, but couldn't hold off the Lady Chieftans down the stretch and suffered a 9–6 loss.
The game was close throughout, as the score was tied at three after the first period and Clairemont took a one-goal lead at halftime, 5–4.
The Clairemont advantage remained at one through three periods after both teams scored once in the quarter, but the Lady Chieftans came alive in the fourth to score three times and hold Valley Center to just one.
"The girls battled hard in this game and played well against a solid team, but some defensive mistakes late in the game proved costly," said head coach Kyle Kline. "But I'm very pleased that the girls were able to battle against this team."
Zoe Zeller had a great game with three goals, one assist, and one block. Casia Morrison played well with two goals, one steal, one block, and four exclusions. Samantha Gonzalez had one goal. Gabby Chiarello had a good game with four steals. Maggie Ryan played well with three steals, and one block. Makaila Keeley had five goal saves and one steal.
The following day, the Lady Jags hosted Oceanside and came out firing right from the start to take a 10–5 win.
Valley Center took a 4–1 lead through the opening period, then increased the lead to 6–2 by halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Lady Jags scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 10–2 lead, before settling in on defense in the fourth quarter to cruise to the win.
"This was a great win for the girls as it secured our second place finish in Valley League," said Coach Kline. "The girls had a great start and controlled the game to take the win."
Casia Morrison had a solid game with three goals, two assists and ten steals. Zoe Zeller had a great game with three goals, two assists, four steals, and one exclusion. Makaila Keeley had an excellent game earning two goals, three steals from the field. Samantha Gonzalez had one goal, one assist, three steals, and three exclusions. April Lackpour had one goal, one assist, one steal. Maggie Ryan had one assist. Evelyn Rabago had one steal. Makaila Keeley had seven goal saves in two quarters. Becca Vizcarra had one goal save in two quarters.
If the Lady Jags have won their opening-round playoff game on Wednesday, they will advance to the second round to face No. 1 seed Bishop's High School on Saturday at La Jolla High School.