Having played most of the month without one of its key players, the Edison girls' water polo team was at full-strength Wednesday for its Sunset League game against Huntington Beach.
With Abby Oshiro back in the lineup, the Chargers, ranked eighth in CIF Division 1, used a pressing defense to jump on the Oilers and eventually scored a 16-5 victory at the Newport Harbor High pool.
Edison bolted to an 8-0 first-quarter lead to improve to 2-1 in league and 10-8 overall.
Oshiro, who had been out with a dislocated knee cap and saw limited playing time in each period to "ease her back into the game," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said, scored the first time she touched the ball and ended up with two goals.
Haley Kunert led the Chargers in scoring with five goals. Oshiro was one of four Chargers to score twice, along with Melissa Balding, Jessica Becker and Alys Williams. Natalie May, Ashley Dorman and Risa Burke all scored once and Sydni Estrella registered 11 saves.
In another Sunset game Wednesday at the Newport Harbor pool, 10th-ranked Fountain Valley took down Marina, 15-3.
Sunset League action resumes Wednesday at the Newport Harbor pool. The key game in the tripleheader is the nightcap (7:10 p.m.) between Edison and third-ranked Newport Harbor. The schedule begins with Marina taking on second-ranked Los Alamitos at 5 p.m. and Fountain Valley and Huntington play in the following match (6 p.m.).
"It is a huge game for both teams and possibly second place in league is on the line," Riley said of Edison's showdown with the Sailors. "We still have a very tough Fountain Valley team the week after that, so we have our work cut out for us over the next three weeks. Throw in the Southern California Championships at Woolett (Center) Feb. 3 to 5 and you can see we have an intense month ahead of us."
Edison, the top-ranked team in CIF Division 1, maintained its perfect record Friday by scoring a 3-0 shutout over visiting Marina. Jake Little scored all three goals and assists went to Mitchel Alvarez, Tyler Bigenho and Tyler Smith. Scott Campbell had three saves.
Two days earlier, the Chargers took charge of the Sunset race by shutting out Los Alamitos, 3-0, on Jan. 19. Bigenho, Bajj Chela and Drew Parrish all scored in the second half, Alvarez and Little each had an assist and Scott Campbell three saves.
Edison is 19-0 and 6-0 in league.
Prior to taking on Edison, Marina (4-2 league) held off Huntington Beach, 2-1, in another league game played Jan. 19. Miguel Rizo and Andrew Arredondo scored for the Vikings and Max Talbert scored for the Oilers.
Huntington (2-4 league) came back Friday to take down host Newport Harbor, 3-1. Talbert score twice and Cayse Cruz once, Sam Hart assisted all three goals and Robert Cornwall had five saves for the Oilers.
Fountain Valley was edged, 4-3, by Los Alamitos in another Sunset League game Friday. Steven Ryan scored twice and Toshi Kimbara once, Wade Sias, Jose Garcia and Joseph Soliman each had an assist and Ryan Brown added five saves for the Barons (1-5 league).
The Barons got their first league win Jan. 19 by blanking visiting Newport Harbor, 3-0. Ethan Morrow had a goal and assist, Sias and Ryan scored and Brown had seven saves.
Friday's Sunset schedule has Edison at Fountain Valley (3 p.m.), Huntington hosting Los Alamitos (4:45 p.m.) and Marina playing at Newport Harbor (4:45 p.m.).
In Golden West League play, Ocean View (1-2-1) fell, 3-0, to visiting Santa Ana (3-0-1). The Seahawks play at 3 p.m. Friday at Loara.
Brethren Christian dropped a 2-0 Academy League game to visiting Sage Hill on Friday. The Warriors, 1-4 in league and 2-9 overall, travel to Irvine at 3:15 p.m. Friday to face league foe Crean Lutheran South at Concordia University.
In Sunset League play Jan. 20, Edison picked up a 3-1 win at Marina, Huntington Beach (1-4 league) fell, 2-1, at home to Newport Harbor and Fountain Valley (0-5 league) lost, 2-0, to visiting Los Alamitos.
In Edison's 3-1 win over Marina, Brooke Lillywhite scored twice in the opening 14 minutes of the game and Angelisa Cortez scored later in the half as the Chargers (4-0 league) opened up a 3-0 lead by the break. Rachael Larson had two assists, Nikki Fedele one assist and Shelby Karal and Natalie McNeely each had one save.
Breanne Luhrsen scored off a Shannon Butler assist for the Vikings (2-3 league).
In Sunset League play today, Marina hosts Newport Harbor (3 p.m.), Huntington Beach takes on host Los Alamitos at Laurel School (3:15 p.m.) and Edison hosts Fountain Valley (5 p.m.).
In the Golden West League, Ocean View was a 2-1 winner Jan. 20 over Segerstrom. Maddie Koci and Aleanna Vargas scored goals, Mikhalia Bowden recorded a pair of assists and Leslie Gonzalez added seven saves as the Seahawks (3-0-1 league) handed the Jaguars (3-1) their first league loss.
The Seahawks host Orange at 3:15 p.m. today.