The Laguna Beach Age Group Water Polo girls' under-14 teams went
2-1-1 at last weekend's Speedo Cup qualifying tournament in Laguna
Laguna competed in a bracket that included Newport Beach, Los
Alamitos, TRAP, SoCal and OC Split.
OC Split won the tournament and qualified to compete at the Speedo
Cup finals scheduled for mid-November in St. Louis, Mo.
Laguna Beach 2, Newport Beach 2
Laguna, which couldn't capitalize on some early scoring
opportunities, finally crashed the scoreboard when Jesse Holechek
drilled in a goal three minutes into the game.
The defense, keyed by Edy Manetta's two saves, held that lead
until the third quarter.
In the third, Yoshi Andersen scored to give Laguna a two-goal
cushion, but Newport retaliated with a goal 30 second later to make
That score carried over into the fourth quarter. Big defensive
performances by Kacky Brown, Lexy Ross, Jessica Shusko and Riley
Duncan kept Newport in check, but Newport was able to net the tying
goal with two seconds left on the game clock.
Laguna 9, TRAP 2
Laguna jumped out to a 3-0 first quarter lead and cruised to
Riley Duncan, Hannah Lawson and Jesse Holechek each scored twice,
and Kacky Brown and Yoshi Andersen each scored once for Laguna.
The seven-goal victory allowed Laguna to finish first in its
bracket based on goal differential and meet Los Alamitos for the
right to advance to the tournament's championship game.
Los Alamitos 4, Laguna Beach 3
Laguna jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this spirited contest, but Los
Alamitos scored four consecutive goals and then held on for the win.
Yoshi Andersen scored off a feed from Riley Duncan following a
kick out. In the second period, Laguna scored on a set play when
Jessica Shusko was fouled -- Jesse Holechek found a wide-open Kelsey
Thornton for the second goal of the game.
Los Alamitos scored three straight in the third quarter, then
added one goal in the fourth quarter to up its lead to 4-2.
Laguna, which missed a scoring opportunity late at the end of the
third quarter that would have tied the score at 3-3, added a goal
just before the final horn when Edy Manetta scored for from mid-pool.
Laguna Beach 5, Newport Beach 1
Lexy Ross scored on her first three shot attempts and Jesse
Holechek and Jessica Shusko each scored once as Laguna defeated
Newport Beach for the second time in tournament play.