The Arroyo Grande High girls water polo team routed Nipomo 14-2 Tuesday afternoon, scoring 12 of its goals in the first half in the PAC 7 league opener for both teams.
Arroyo Grande (6-0), the back-to-back defending CIF-Southern Section Division IV champion, naturally opened the season ranked No. 1 in the division.
“The team we have now is probably one of the best we’ve ever had,” Eagles coach Steven Allen said. “We have the same fantastic defense that’s won two titles already, and now we’ve added some serious offense to it. We’ve become very efficient on both sides.”
This past weekend, Arroyo Grande claimed its first El Niño Cup championship in the 10 years Allen has taken the program there. During the offseason, the Eagles traveled to New Zealand for two weeks to partake in a tournament and train alongside talented club teams from Australia and New Zealand.
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On Tuesday, Alexa May led the Eagles with five goals, followed by Kim Johnson’s four. Ali Greene and Kelly O’Sullivan each added two.
Briana Lippert, last year’s co-Division IV Player of the Year, made two saves for the Eagles, and Kylie Anderson had three in goal.
“We have a really nice, deep team this year,” Allen said.
Ashlee McCall had 10 saves for Nipomo (2-6), which got two goals from Jenny Cardenas.
San Luis Obispo 11, Paso Robles 8
Elizabeth Waddell scored a game-high six goals for the Tigers (3-2), who won their PAC 7 opener.
Andie Judson made 12 saves, and Kennedy Peters scored three times for San Luis Obispo.
Atascadero 11, Santa Ynez 6
Katie Patterson, a junior, led Atascadero (4-3) with six goals.
Goalie Lauren Kasenberg made nine saves for the Greyhounds.
“She’s definitely a powerhouse,” Atascadero coach Mitch Stafford said of Patterson. “She’s getting more and more confident every game. She did well at last week’s tournament, and I think she’s going to be our go-to girl for the rest of the season.”
San Luis Obispo 2, Pioneer Valley 1
Tyler Davis scored both goals for San Luis Obispo (3-4), including the game winner in the final seconds as the Tigers won their PAC 7 opener.
“Last year when we went to Pioneer Valley, we lost 7-0 and we were absolutely humiliated,” San Luis Obispo coach Johnny Costa said. “So to be able to start the (league) season out right just before the holiday break was big for us.”
Mission Prep 6, Templeton 1
Patrick Foran scored three goals and had two assists for Mission Prep (4-0).
Neal Hetzel and Aryan Eslambolipour added a goal and an assist each while Royals goalkeeper Joey Miller made five saves.
Morro Bay 4, Coast Union 1
Alex Bautista scored Coast Union’s lone goal.
The Broncos (1-1) got 12 saves from goalkeeper Juan Carlos Saavedra.
Atascadero 2, St. Joseph 1
After playing a scoreless first half, St. Joseph scored the first goal in 54th minute.
The Greyhounds’ Alex Aguiar scored two minutes later with a penalty kick to tie the game again. Dalton Carter scored the winning goal for the Greyhounds in the 58th, assisted by Joe Camarillo.
San Luis Obispo 4, Pioneer Valley 0
Shannon Fontes, Brady Candaele, Kiele Argente and Laura Kraemer all scored for the Tigers.
Kelly Koch made three saves for San Luis Obispo (4-0-1, 1-0 PAC 7).
“It’s super, super early in the season,” Tigers coach John Clarke said, “but we’ve got a lot of talent and we’re just getting healthy right now. The girls are really hungry.”
Mission Prep 3, Templeton 0
Mission Prep’s Kori Disarufino scored all three goals for the Royals (3-3). Freshman goalkeeper Ella Moberg made seven saves in her first career shutout.
“We played really well defensively,” Mission Prep coach Marcus des Plantes said. “We out-hustled them.”Natalie Brescia and Cat Hall each had an assist for the Royals.
St. Joseph 7, Atascadero 0
“(Atascadero’s) Hayley Powers played well in the attack,” Greyhounds coach John Gaydos said. “Jamie Council and Ashley Flores played really well, too, but St. Joseph just played great soccer.”
Paso Robles 50, Lompoc 27
The Bearcats (4-0) got pins from Jeremiah Vaughan (189 pounds), Robby Standley (119), Kevin Garcia (130), Ryan Miller (135), Josh Hayley (152) and heavyweight Justin McAfee.
“We’re still not quite in good shape,” Paso Robles coach Chris Monteiro said. “That’s why we like to wrestle a lot of these preseason matches. It gets those jittery matches out of the way.”
Also winning for Paso Robles were Brady Zubia and Robby Martinez.
Morro Bay 61, Nipomo 9
In the 160-pound weight class, Morro Bay’s Justin Martinez pinned Michael Ramos in 1 minute, 49 seconds.
Nipomo had to forfeit seven matchups against the Pirates, ranked No. 1 in Division VI of the Southern Section.
At 130, Morro Bay’s Kent Beecham defeated Eric Villasenor by a major decision, 15-2.
A bright spot for the Titans came at 112, where Dylan Hulfizer pinned Zac Haworth in 5:05.