Arroyo Grande High’s attempt at a fourth straight CIF-Southern Section divisional championship in girls water polo ended Tuesday evening in a Division 3 semifinal matchup against Murrieta Valley, falling 11-4 in Irvine.
The Eagles (27-6) struggled to get inside, settling for outside shots that rarely had a chance, and Murrieta Valley capitalized, pushing the ball up the pool and finding easy shots.
“Our inability to be effective on offense allowed them to get up and down the pool on us,” Eagles coach Steven Allen said. “We had a lot of trouble scoring today.
“Their defense kept us out of the middle, and when we settled for outside shots, they got their transition game going and took over,” Allen said.
The Eagles had won the past three titles in Division 4 and were moved up this past offseason because of their success.
Kylie Anderson made 14 saves in goal for Arroyo Grande.
“She had a tremendous game,” Allen said. “Fourteen saves in a semifinal is really a great performance.”
Caitlyn Taylor scored two goals to lead Arroyo Grande, which also received a goal apiece from Katie Sverchek and Kim Johnson.
Melissa Hale, Murrieta Valley’s Cal-bound senior, scored four to lead the Nighthawks.
Oaks Christian 56, Mission Prep 41
The Royals’ run in the Division 4A playoffs came to an end against the top-seeded Lions in the quarterfinals.
“They had very good on-ball defenders and an incredible amount of pressure that took Jenna (Dunbar) out of the game,” Royals coach John Krossa said. “(Kaylee) Williams was able to handle that pressure and take her girl to the hoop all game long.”
Mission Prep (22-6) started out “flat,” Krossa said, falling behind Oaks Christian 7-0 before surging back to take a brief lead early in the second quarter.
“It all blew up in the third quarter, though,” Krossa said. “They took off their full-court pressure and played a half-court man (defense) that we could not handle.”
Williams led all Mission Prep scorers with 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, seven of which were offensive. Bri Harvey also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dunbar added 11 points for the Royals.
Windward 80, Atascadero 40
The Greyhounds fell in an early hole and never contended in a quarterfinal loss against top-seeded Windward, Cal-Hi Sports’ 11th-ranked team in the state, in the Division 4AA quarterfinals.
Fifteen first-half turnovers by Atascadero (17-8) sparked an early run for Windward, which put up 76 points through three quarters.
Imani Stafford, Windward’s 6-foot-7 center, had 12 points.
Mary Kate Evans had 12 points, and Alyssa Palma added 10 for Atascadero.
Los Amigos 0, Paso Robles 0; 4-1 penalty kicks
The Bearcats lost a heartbreaker in their second-round matchup against top-ranked and undefeated Los Amigos in the Division 5 playoffs.Paso Robles (16-7-2) found itself with a decent shot at winning after two scoreless overtimes.
But Los Amigos (16-0-1) put in its first four penalty shots to end the Bearcats’ season.
Angel Garcia scored the only penalty kick for Paso Robles, and goalkeeper Daniel Fuerte had 11 saves.
Marshall 1, Coast Union 1; Marshall wins on PKs
The Broncos (17-2-1) took a 1-0 halftime lead against Marshall but failed to fend the Eagles off in the second half, leading to a loss on penalty kicks.
Victor Casas scored early for the Broncos.
“We led most of the game and got a ton of shots on goal,” Coast Union coach Moises Jimenez said. “We were just unfortunate enough to not convert any of the many opportunities we had and lost in a tough manner.”
Juan Leonardo collected nine saves in goal.