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Williams sets career scoring mark

High School Roundup

Edison girls' water polo player, who is headed to UCLA, eclipses old program record held by Danielle Warde.

February 08, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington's Kassidy Simpkins gets in between Newport's Matilda Higman, left, and Jessica Prather, to get the ball in Tuesday's Sunset League match.
Huntington's Kassidy Simpkins gets in between… (Don Leach, HB Independent )

Senior Alys Williams set the career scoring record for Edison girls' water polo when the Chargers defeated Fountain Valley, 16-6, in a Sunset League game Feb. 1.

Williams, who will play next year at UCLA, scored six goals and also had seven steals. Her scoring tally broke the previous career record of 322 set by Danielle Warde, who is now at UC Irvine. Williams had 327 goals going into Wednesday's league finale against first-place Newport Harbor. The score wasn't available at press time.

Edison (3-1 in league) competed last weekend at the Irvine Southern California Championships and came up with a seventh-place finish in the 32-team event. In opening-day action Friday, the Chargers defeated Cathedral Catholic (19-6) and Murrieta Valley (9-8). In the quarterfinals, they faced Corona del Mar, the then-top ranked team in CIF Division 1. The score was tied, 6-6, at the half, but the Sea Kings went on to score a 12-8 victory.

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On Saturday, Edison lost to Santa Barbara, 4-2, but returned to down Dos Pueblos, 11-9, in the seventh-place game. Coach Diggy Riley said it was Edison's first win over Dos Pueblos and allowed the Chargers (15-10) to avenge a 14-2 loss to Dos Pueblos earlier this season.

Williams was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year.

"Our girls played exceptionally well over the weekend," Riley said. "I am so proud of how they have turned this season around after a rough mid-season. We truly believe we can play against any team and we have proved that this past month. Our goalie, Sydni (Estrella), really stepped up and showed what she is really capable of and Alys had a great weekend as well for us."

In other Sunset League games Feb. 1, Huntington Beach (20-7, 1-3 league) fell, 17-6, to fifth-ranked Los Alamitos, and Marina (15-8, 0-4) was defeated, 14-3, by second-ranked Newport Harbor.

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Girls' Soccer

League championship hopes for two local girls' soccer teams hang in the balance Thursday on the final day of the regular season.

Edison set up a Sunset League title match showdown with Los Alamitos by rallying in the second half on Tuesday for a 3-1 victory at Marina. Kelsey Wetzstein had two assists and scored the winning goal. Kelsey McKay and Brooke Lillywhite also scored, Liz Grote had an assist and Natalie McNeely had a save for the Chargers (14-5-5), who ran their league mark to 6-1-2.

Shannon Butler and Sydney McCollum scored and Arianna Sisson had eight saves for the Vikings, who slipped to 2-7 in league.

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