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Girls polo season starts on winning note for Barons, Mustangs Phillip Brents | Fri, Jan 20 2012 12:02 PM

Black cats, ghostly spectres or witches’ brew couldn’t dunk the Bonita Vista Barons or Otay Ranch Mustangs in last Friday’s slate of Mesa League girls water polo games — Friday, the 13th aside.

Bonita Vista snapped a 6-6 halftime deadlock against the Eastlake Titans to capture a 9-7 decision at Southwestern College that kept the Barons (5-5 overall) undefeated in league play at 2-0.

Meanwhile, Otay Ranch improved to 1-0 in league play, 10-2 overall, with a commanding 22-3 victory against the Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders in a game played at the Loma Verde pool.

Bonita Vista opened league play the previous Wednesday with a 13-12 overtime victory against the Hilltop Lancers while Eastlake entered last Friday’s Mesa League match-up coming off an 18-8 win against Mater Dei Catholic.

The Barons held an early territorial edge but the Titans countered with a strong second quarter to tie the game at halftime. Bonita Vista scored the only three goals of the third quarter to finally take control.

Lauren Broyles paced the victors with four goals while Cierra Flores contributed three goals and Kelly Micallef and Katherine Quiles each scored once in support of goalie Josie Fialko (six saves).

Kerry Lindsay led Eastlake with three goals while Hailey Spelman scored twice. Titan goalie Alyson Scott turned in a surprisingly solid performance with 12 saves despite being called into emergency duty for injured starter Haley Derrod.

BVHS coach Betty Alexander credited “very good teamwork” behind her team’s win. “We communicated better defensively,” she said.

Sarah Medina keyed Otay Ranch with six goals, two assists and 10 steals while Kelsey Eaton had five goals, two assists and six steals and Mariela Rodriguez contributed four goals and two assists. Two players scored two goals each: Tori Kelly and Sara Gagarin. Audrey Py, Nanda Arambula and Larysa Lucatero each scored once while Bri Patricio was credited with nine goalie saves.

The Mustangs led 16-0 after the first period.

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