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High School Roundup: Oilers pull ahead of Edison

Anderson gains 100th career win with Huntington Beach, which scores 10-6 victory in boys' water polo.

October 16, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The chase for the Sunset League boys' water polo championship launched Oct. 9 and in a key game to start the league season, Huntington Beach scored a 10-6 victory over Edison at Newport Harbor High.

Not only did the victory allowed the Oilers to start league play 1-0, it also presented Coach Brian Anderson with his 100th career win with the Huntington program.

Edison took a 3-1 lead in the match but Huntington (14-5 overall) scored six unanswered goals to pull out to a 7-3 advantage in the second half. The Chargers closed to 8-6 in the fourth but the Oilers scored the final two goals of the game.

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The Oilers and Chargers are ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll.

Anderson said his team played "stellar defense." Goalie Alex Wolf had 10 saves and two steals, Matt Cook scored three goals and drew two exclusions, senior Dillon Morely scored three times from the outside, junior Noah Nelson scored twice, and freshman Matt Robert and senior Dylan Walter each scored on man-up (6-on-5) situations for the Oilers.

Huntington freshman center Quinten Osborne drew five exclusions. Anderson said his team was six of 10 on power-play situations, the best by his team this year.

"I was really happy with the way our guys never lost their composure when we went down 3-1," Anderson said. "We talked a lot about how Edison would run their game based on emotion, and that we just needed to worry about what we were going to do. It was clear at no moment did we crumble in front of a large Edison crowd. We tuned them out, and played our game.

"Our depth wore on Edison, as they subbed two players, and we subbed six, and played 12 (guys), overall. Our depth is a clear positive."

Anderson, who worked as an assistant coach at Huntington in 2006-07 before taking over as head coach in 2009, is in his fifth year with the Oilers. Each of his four previous teams have reached the CIF Southern Section playoffs, two of which have advanced to the quarterfinal round.

A two-time Sunset Coach of the Year, his record at Huntington entering the week was 100-39.

Anderson, who also coached the Huntington girls' water polo team the past four years, graduated from Huntington in 2002.

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