In their girls water polo game against St. Lucy’s High in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, the Arroyo Grande Eagles found themselves in trouble.
They were down 4-0 midway through the second quarter.
But that was just a minor scare, as Arroyo Grande shut out the Regents in the third period — thanks in part to Kylie Anderson’s 13 saves — en route a 7-6 thriller Wednesday afternoon at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine to advance to a division final for the fifth time in six years with a chance to win a fourth title.
The Eagles (27-5) will once again face Murrieta Valley on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Murrieta Valley handed Arroyo Grande an 11-4 loss in last year’s division semifinals.
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Katie Sverchek, who’s headed to Arizona State, led the Eagles with four goals against St. Lucy’s, Melanie Popovich’s lone goal late in the third period gave her team a 5-4 edge and Kelsey Docouto sealed the victory after scoring her only goal with 1:14 left in the game.
Hannah Kope also had a goal for Arroyo Grande, but it was the defense that helped the Eagles prevail.
“Kylie Anderson played great for us in goal,” Arroyo Grande coach Steve Allen said. “She led us on defense, especially after we had a rough start offensively.”
The Eagles won three Division 4 titles from 2008-10 before moving up to Division 3 last season. Arroyo Grande’s first division title appearance was in 2007, when the Eagles lost 13-10 to Cabrillo.