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Roundup: New pool is no problem for Ocean View

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Ocean View's girls water polo team found itself in a new pool, with a new set of challenges Saturday.

It wasn't the smoothest experience for the Seahawks but they left Beaumont wiser and still afloat in the CIF Division 7 playoffs.

Brynne McNabb scored three first-half goals and her twin sister, Cami, added eight saves as top-seeded Ocean View held off Beaumont, 5-4, in the quarterfinals.

Ocean View (22-8) scored all five of its goals in the first half and survived a two-goal surge by Beaumont in the fourth to advance to Wednesday's semifinals against the Chino-La Sierra of Riverside winner.

Beaumont missed a shot off a counterattack with about 10 seconds left in the fourth.

"Extremely nerve-wracking," Brynne McNabb said of the finish. "It's a completely new experience being No. 1."

McNabb said the Seahawks felt the pressure of their ranking. They also adjusted to a slightly shorter playing course than the one they use at home.

A swift counterattack powered the Seahawks to a 5-2 lead at halftime. Alyssa Isogawa had three assists while her sister, Elena, and Kate Busselman added one goal apiece.

But in the fourth, Ocean View failed to convert three power plays and also had a penalty shot blocked by goalie Kendal Solak.

Ocean View finished 1 for 7 with the extra attacker but also held Beaumont to an 0 for 3 effort.

“We’re going to have to play better than that if we want to keep advancing,” Ocean View coach Melissa Fernandez said.

In other quarterfinals:

In Division 2

Santa Margarita 7, Murrieta Valley 6 (OT): Kelli Baumgardner and Sage Pfeiffer scored in overtime to lead the visiting Eagles (23-6) into Wednesday's semifinals against El Toro.

El Toro 8, Montebello 4: Emily Browning made 12 saves at Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce to lead the visiting Chargers (19-9).

In Division 4:

Troy 15, Tesoro 7: Minna Mattis scored four goals at Fullerton College to lead the Warriors (23-8) into Wednesday's semifinals against Los Altos of Hacienda Heights.

In Division 6:

Yorba Linda 15, Savanna 1: Rebecca Stephenson made 14 saves at Fullerton College to lead the top-seeded Mustangs (19-4) into Wednesday's semifinals against Palm Desert.

Pacifica 7, La Quinta of La Quinta 4: Melissa Thorn racked up 16 saves to lead the visiting Mariners (19-10) into Wednesday's semifinals Culver City, which upset No. 2 seed Pasadena Poly, 10-8.


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