La Jolla High girls water polo rallies past Cathedral Catholic High

La Jolla High School player Sarah Young (No. 6) intercepts a pass from Cathedral Catholic High. (Photo by Rick LeBeau)

By Rick LeBeau

On the strength of a balanced scoring attack, La Jolla High School’s girls water polo team managed to overcome several deficits in the first half, then pulled away in the third quarter for a victory over a strong Cathedral Catholic High School team, Jan. 16, 2013.

The La Jolla High Vikings scored their only two first-quarter goals on penalty shots, and trailed 3-2 at the end of the period. The second period began with Viking Taylor Bertrand scoring her second goal, this time on an outside shot, tying the game at three apiece. Two minutes later, Bertrand spotted another opening and scored again on an outside shot, again to tie the score. Lexi Atwell got in on the scoring action with a very well-placed lob shot to give La Jolla its first lead of the second quarter.

Sarah Young then got off a blast from the center position to pad the Vikings’ lead. La Jolla took a 6-5 lead into halftime, and it looked like the two teams were going to reprise their classic battles of the last few years, where each game during the league schedule was settled by one goal.

Sarah Young had other ideas, though, as she scored again for the Vikings just 19 seconds into the third quarter. The game seesawed until midway through the third quarter, when La Jolla broke through for three straight goals to finish out the quarter with an 11-6 lead.

Cathedral did its best to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, but La Jolla continued to apply enough pressure to keep the Cathedral Catholic Dons at bay. Scarlett Hallahan added her third goal of the game with a minute to go, dashing all hopes that Cathedral could somehow even the score with a late scoring run.

Taylor Bertrand led all scorers with four goals for the Vikings, while junior lefties Hallahan and Young had three apiece. The win gives the Vikings victories over two of the top three rivals in the Western League, with their only league loss coming versus The Bishop’s School of La Jolla last week at Bishop’s home pool. League play will resume after the AFC Tournament.

La Jolla Vikings' Lauren Silver deflects a shot over the crossbar. (Photo by Rick LeBeau)

La Jolla High School goalie Lauren Silver challenges a shot from Cathedral Catholic High School. (Photo by Rick LeBeau)

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