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PHOTO, TEXT BY DAN ALBANO, OCVARSITY.COM
Sunny Hills' Cecilya Lundy scored six goals, including the winner in overtime, to lead the Lancers past Aliso Niguel, 8-7, in a Division 4 first round game Thursday night at Fullerton College.

Sunny Hills pulls out victory over Aliso Niguel

OCVARSITY.COM

The Sunny Hills-Aliso Niguel trilogy in girls water polo lived up to its lofty standards Thursday night.

Cecilya Lundy scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in the first three-minute overtime period to lift the Lancers over Aliso Niguel, 8-7, in a CIF-SS Division 4 first-round playoff match at Fullerton College.

Lundy's cross-cage shot from the perimeter was the only goal of overtime and pushed Sunny Hills to 3-0 against Aliso Niguel.

The Lancers' previous decisions in the series were, 11-9, and, 11-8, in early December.

"We knew it was going to be tough," said Lundy, who scored a match-high six goals.

The victory moves Sunny Hills (24-6) into Saturday's quarterfinal against fourth-seeded La Serna, which defeated the Lancers, 13-9, in mid-December.

Sunny Hills led, 7-4, with just more than four minutes left in the fourth, but the Wolverines (16-11) and their counterattack forced overtime. Sydney Smith capped a counter with a lob shot to tie the score, 7-7, with 1:13 left.

"If we had one more minute (in the fourth)," Aliso Niguel coach Erick Lynch said, "I think we win."

Sunny Hills' defense was sparked in the second half by 2-meter guard Alexandrea Paxton, who had three field blocks. Two of Paxton's blocks came against Aliso Niguel's power-play, which finished 1 for 4.

Danielle Christensen also blocked a power-play shot by Aliso Niguel in the second half.

Kerstin Laye added two goals for Sunny Hills while goalie Kathy Hernandez made 12 saves.

Aliso Niguel goalie Anastazia Virgin racked up 15 saves while Smith and Kiana Fortier each scored twice. Morena June drew two penalty shots for Aliso Niguel.

In other Division 4 games:

Tesoro 9, Walnut 7 (OT): Stassia McGlothlin scored two of her four goals in overtime and Emma Peterson added one of her three to help lead the host Titans (18-10) into the Saturday's quarterfinals against Troy.

In Division 2 second-round games:

Dana Hills 9, Long Beach Wilson 8 (OT): Kelcie Pourzanjani scored in sudden-death overtime at Aliso Niguel as the Dolphins (19-12) stunned the Moore League champion Bruins to reach Saturday's quarterfinals at defending champion Santiago of Corona.

Mater Dei 19, Trabuco Hills 3: Mackenzie Barr scored six goals and Brianna Daboub added five to lead the visiting fourth-seeded Monarchs (21-9), who play host to fifth-seeded Agoura in the quarterfinals Saturday. Barr added four assists while Daboub recorded five.

Santa Margarita 18, San Clemente 13: Haley Wan scored eight goals and Emily Loughlin added five to lead the host second-seeded Eagles (22-6).

In Division 6 first round:

Savanna 16, Malibu 10: Patricia Galaz scored five goals, Emily Cetin added four and Teresa Alcala made 12 saves to lead the host Rebels (22-7) into Saturday's quarterfinals. Savanna plays top-seeded Yorba Linda.

Yorba Linda 10, Mayfield 1: Taylor Best and Taylor Leach scored four goals to pace the host and top-seeded Mustangs (18-4).

In Division 7 first round:

Segerstrom 13, Wilson of Hacienda Heights 1: Gillian Robles scored four goals and Michelle Gonzalez added three to lead the visiting Jaguars (19-7).

Contact the writer: dalbano@ocregister.com


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