Edison moves on in playoffs

Strong second half pushes Chargers' boys' water polo team past Buena in wild-card contest.

November 10, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
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It wasn't pretty, but Diggy Riley will take it.

The Edison boys' water polo coach was frustrated — and his expression showed it — as he watched his Chargers flutter away several first-half opportunities during Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division 1 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-seed Mater Dei on 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 home game since 2002.

Both the Chargers and Bulldogs were at-large entries into the Division 1 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.


"Still we did a real nice job defensively in the second half. We gave up a couple of weird goals and offensively, we opened things up after we had been clogged up a bit. A big key in the second half was the kick outs we had."

Buena rallied from a 2-1 first-quarter deficit to go up, 3-2, in the second quarter before Edison's Kyle Spreeman scored to tie the score at 3 at the half. The score remained tied through the first 4:34 of the third quarter, until Edison's Brent Bazzell broke the tie for good when he skipped a shot into goal with Edison holding a 6-on-5 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, a great save by Edison goalie John Mroch led to a score by Tony Morelli that gave the Chargers a 7-4 advantage.

Mroch had a tremendous performance in goal for Edison. He had three saves in each of the third and fourth quarter and finished with 12 saves.

"He's phenomenal," Riley said of Mroch. "He's the reason we're sitting where we are right now."

In a Sunset League finale Nov. 3, Edison scored a 5-3 victory against rival Fountain Valley at Newport Harbor High. The win qualified Edison for CIF.

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