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Chargers learn many lessons

Prep Roundup

Edison girls' water polo team battles but drops three matches against Nos. 4-5-6 ranked teams in CIF Southern Section Division 1.

December 21, 2011|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna Beach's Yoshi Andersen attempts to block Edison's Jessica Becker's shot.
Laguna Beach's Yoshi Andersen attempts to block… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Edison girls' water polo coach Diggy Riley knew it'd be a tough week for the Chargers.

Starting with a pair of nonleague games last weekend, Edison would face the Nos. 4-5-6 ranked teams in CIF Southern Section Division 1 over a five-day period. That string ended Tuesday at the Ocean View High pool as the Chargers, themselves ranked eighth in the division, were handed a 15-7 loss by sixth-ranked Laguna Beach.

Combined with losses to fourth-ranked Santa Barbara (13-6), and fifth-ranked Dos Pueblos (13-2), the three setbacks left Edison at 3-3.

"It was a difficult stretch for us, for sure," Riley said. "I think that mentally we are in a little bit of a funk right now, especially on the defensive side. But that's something that is correctable. We will work on those things in practice and we will be ready for our league opener in a few weeks against Los Alamitos. Counting the tournament (Newport Harbor Holiday Cup), we still have a really tough schedule coming up."

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Edison never led against a Laguna team that is 4-0 and on Friday defeated Mater Dei, the top-ranked team in Division 2. The Chargers trailed, 5-2, after one quarter and got to within, 6-4, at the half. Laguna, however, scored the first three goals of the second half and started to pull away.

"That's a really good team right there," Riley said of the Breakers. "They are very solid. We gave up an easy shot to start the game but made a nice comeback in the second quarter and played really good defense. We missed a penalty shot when we were down, 6-4, in the second quarter, and that was big. It could have been closer going into the half."

Senior Alys Williams, who is heading on scholarship next year to UCLA, scored Edison's first two goals of the game. The score was tied at 2, but Laguna went on a 3-0 run over the final 3:48 of the quarter. The Breakers extended their lead to 6-2 in the first 38 seconds of the second quarter on a close-range goal by Mackenzie Baldridge.

The Chargers adjusted their defense, created turnovers and went on to shut out the Breakers the remaining 6:22 of the half. The Chargers were within 6-4 early in the quarter when Williams was fouled at five meters. Her penalty shot was stopped by Breakers goalie Jenna Knott with 5:05 left to play in the half.

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