HUNTINGTON BEACH — It wasn't pretty, but Diggy Riley will take it.
The Edison High boys' water polo coach wasn't pleased — and his expression showed it — as he watched his Chargers flutter away several first-half opportunities during Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division I wild-card game against visiting Buena. Riley, however, was pleased with his team's second-half performance which pushed the Chargers to a 9-6 victory at Golden West College and into a first-round match against top-seeded Mater Dei Wednesday.
Edison outscored Buena, 6-3, in the second half to record its first postseason victory since 2002.
The Chargers also were making their first playoff appearance in two years and hosting their first game since 2002.
Both the Chargers and Bulldogs were at-large entries into the Division I playoffs.
"An ugly CIF win is still a CIF win," Riley said. "We missed a lot of opportunities in that first half which was frustrating. We could have had a 5-0 lead in the first quarter but didn't convert on several occasions.