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September 24, 2013 > Eagle women make a splash at area tournament

Eagle women make a splash at area tournament

Submitted By Coach Gary Marsh

The American High Girls Water Polo team played in the Contra Costa Invitational Water Polo tournament September 13th and 14th, at Contra Costa College.ÊIn their first game, Friday afternoon, they met San Marin High School from Novato. In a back-and-forth contest that featured strong, tight defenses from both teams, American and San Marin were knotted at 2-2 at the end of the first quarter,. The game remained tied until the fourth quarter when the game opened up and both teams scored freely. San Marin was able to find the net one more time than American ending the game with final score San Marin 5, American 4. Jamie Kennerk had three goals for American.

American's second opponent was host, Pinole Valley High School. Both teams showed good offense early and traded goals, ending in a first quarter tie, 2-2. But starting the second quarter, AmericanÕs defense squeezed the Pinole Valley players and refused to let them score again. American added goals throughout the remainder of the match to end with a 14-2 win. Five different girls scored, led by Clara Lang, 5 goals; Nitasha Sharma, 4; Jamie Kennerk, 2; Jessica Huynh, 1: and, Rachael Taylor, 1.

Saturday morning the Eagles faced a tough Novato High School team. American found themselves down, 1-0 after the first quarter as both teams played spirited defense. The second and third quarters were also a defensive battle, but Novato managed to score three times to AmericanÕs one in the middle periods to lead 4-1 going into the fourth quarter. The battle continued with both teams scoring twice making the final score 6-3 in NovatoÕs favor. American goalie, Clara Lang made 15 blocks during the match to keep it close.

AmericanÕs last game of the tournament was a rematch with Daugherty Valley High School of San Ramon that had defeated the Eagle team in the previous week at a non-league match. This week American sprinted out to a quick 4-0 lead after the first quarter. The Eagles continued to exhibit offensive dominance in the second period and extended the lead to 8-1 at halftime. In the third quarter, Daugherty Valley displayed urgency to get back into the game and closed the gap to 9-5, American still leading. But in the end, Daugherty Valley simply couldÊnotÊfind the back of the net often enough against the tough American defense and the Eagles won their final match of the tournament 10-6.

With a 2-2 record in theÊtournament, American placed 11th out of 16 teams. The Eagle women open the MVAL season at Newark High School on Thursday, September 26th.

Congratulations to the American Eagles Varsity GirlÕs Water Polo members: Jackie Barnes, Ramola Baviskar, Lydia Dadd, Jessica Huynh, Supriya Kazi, Jamie Kennerk, Clara Lang, Geralyn Moore, Suchitra Narayanan, Monica Pena, Nitasha Sharma, Hannah Sternberg, Rachael Taylor, Lindsey Werner.

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