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Hemet topples Ocean View in Div. 7 final
IRVINE – The Ocean View girls water polo team showed a lot of toughness and resiliency on the way to reaching its first CIF-SS championship game.
In the playoffs alone, the Seahawks fought for a pair of one-goal victories.
But in the Division 7 final on Saturday morning, the Seahawks came up short, particularly on offense, and lost to Hemet, 6-2, at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
Abigail Carpenter had a hat trick for Hemet (21-9), and Elena Isogawa and Brynne McNabb each scored goals for the Seahawks (23-9).
The contest came down to a battle of Ocean View's stingy defense and Hemet's high-scoring offense.
The Seahawks had allowed a combined eight goals in its two previous games, while Hemet had scored 41 goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs.
The Seahawks kept the score close for most of the match, but the offense struggled throughout. Ocean View converted just one of eight man-advantages.
Bulldogs goalkeeper Tabitha Del Carmen also denied McNabb on a penalty shot midway through the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks fell behind early as Emily Crane and Carpenter scored to give Hemet a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.
Seahawks starter Alyssa Isogawa left the game late in the first quarter and did not return until the second half because of a nose bleed.
"She's had issues with nose bleeds in the past," Ocean View coach Melissa Fernandez said.
"I don't think she took an elbow or anything."
Ocean View closed to within one at halftime as Elena Isogawa found the net at the 4:27 mark of the second quarter.
Hemet pulled away in the second half with three consecutive power-play goals to lead 5-1.