Girls' Water Polo: Ocean View falls to Hemet in CIF title game, 6-2

Seahawks trail throughout, but feel content after great season that included Golden West League championship.

February 23, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Huntington…)

IRVINE — It wasn't the ending envisioned, but it's the journey that the Ocean View High girls' water polo program will always cherish when the Seahawks look back on the season.

Ocean View played from behind the entire way of Saturday's CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship game against Hemet at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. The top-seeded Seahawks had their dream of winning the program's first section title in the sport denied by the third-seeded Bulldogs who earned a 6-2 victory.

Hemet pulled away by scoring four-straight goals over the third and fourth quarters, to take the title.

"It's always rough to come this far, and your goal is to win, and not achieve that goal," Ocean View Coach Melissa Fernandez said. "But putting this in perspective, I can't help but think where we came from, and the achievements this team has accomplished.

"[Hemet] played good defense and their goalie had an incredible game."


Ocean View struggled to score, getting single goals in only the second and fourth quarters, but a big reason the Seahawks couldn't add more to the scoreboard was due to the play of Hemet senior goalie Tabitha Del Carmen, who registered 10 saves.

"We never have been a big scoring team, at all, but their goalie stopped a lot of our attempts today."

Freshman utility player Elena Isogawa gave Ocean View its first goal with 4:25 left in the second quarter. Her long, lob shot found its way into the back, right-side corner of the Hemet net, and it just did beat the shot clock. Isogawa's score brought the Seahawks to within 2-1.

The Bulldogs, champions of the Mountain Pass League, received scores in the first quarter from senior two-meter player Shelbi Skinner and senior defender Abigail Carpenter, to grab a 2-0 lead. They led, 2-1, at the half but pushed their advantage to 4-1 through three quarters behind goals by Carpenter and senior attacker Madalynne Carattini. Both scores came with the Bulldogs enjoying a man-up advantage.

Hemet (21-9) scored four of its six goals in six-on-five situations. The Bulldogs' high-powered offense had been proficient in three previous playoff games in which it scored 41 goals.

With 2:35 left in the game, senior two-meter player Brynne McNabb drilled a shot past Del Carmen for Ocean View's final goal.

McNabb's sister, Cami, a senior goalie, finished with six blocks.

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