Second CIF Championship for Carlsbad girls water polo

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Senior Brittany Buckley has been the varsity water polo goalie since her sophomore year. The varsity water polo team won CIF’s last year and came back with another win this year in division one.

Emilee Foltz, staff writer

Led by junior Katrina King, the girls water polo team brought home back to back championships on Feb. 23, beating Torrey Pines High School for the the San Diego CIF Division 1 Championship for the second year in a row.

The first quarter started with senior Lexie Domingo winning the sprint and first possession for her team. After a few possessions for each team, King found the back of the net scoring the first goal of the game. She then went on to score three more goals in the first half giving the Lancers a 4-3 lead over Torrey Pines.

“There was no pressure, I just had a lot of adrenaline running through my body,” King said.

In the second half, they came out with more determination and motivation to play even harder. Senior Makena Magro added to King’s four goals when she scored her first goal in the third quarter.

“After Katrina got the game going with her goals the rythym of our team started to flow,” Domingo said.

Into the fourth and last quarter of the game, the team felt pressure from Torrey Pines when the score turned from its favor, 6-5. With less than a quarter left, the team worked together to get another goal from senior Jaycee McNally and a final one from Magro, bringing her to a total of three goals, the final goal due to a penalty shot as the TP coach had called a timeout after losing possession of the ball.

“I was worried for a bit, but I knew we were only gonna work that much harder,”  Magro said. “After I made the penalty shot I was super amped to finish the game.”

With a final score of 8-5 over Torrey Pines, the girls water polo team won the championship game. Senior goalie Brittany Buckley helped with the win by blocking 12 shots from TP, allowing the team to push their coach into the pool for the traditional celebration after the game.

“All I could think about was how we’ve worked all season for this moment,” King said. “We did what we came to do.”