GIRLS BOW OUT

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It has been a roller coaster week for the var­sity girl’s wa­ter polo team. The team en­tered the 2017 Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Championships as the eighth seed in Divi­sion I. On Hal­loween night the girls hosted the ninth seeded Jaguars of Gre­gori in the open­ing round where Oak­dale won 11-5. Com­ing off the high of the first round vic­tory the girls took on top seeded Davis on Thurs­day night. Davis played like the top seed and de­feated Oak­dale 182.

In the first round vic­tory, Oak­dale and Gre­gori went score­less in the first quar­ter. Whit­ney Lee scored the first goal for Oak­dale with 5:42 left in the half to go up 1-0. Then with the game tied at one, Bethany Met­calfe gave Oak­dale the lead back with 2:46 re­main­ing in the half. The fi­nal goal of the first half came from Kayla Peter­son with 1:21 left to play.

With a 3-1 ad­van­tage, Day­tona McGin­nis scored as the shot clock ex­pired to go up 4-1 with 5:36 left to play in the third. Lee scored her sec­ond goal of the game 30 sec­onds later to give Oak­dale a 5-1 ad­van­tage in the third quar­ter. Gre­gori scored two unan­swered goals to cut the deficit to 5-3. Lee found the net for a third time with 0:41 left in the third to boost the ad­van­tage to 6-3.

Oak­dale’s of­fense heated up in the fourth quar­ter, scor­ing five goals. Peter­son scored three of her team high four goals in the fourth. Met­calfe found the net twice in the fourth quar­ter to help Oak­dale pull away. Goal­keeper Cam­ryn O’Neal had over a dozen saves in the win.

The Lady Mus­tangs could not carry the mo­men­tum into the sec­ond round where they were shell shocked by the Blue Devils. Davis jumped out to an early lead and did not let up. Scor­ing for Oak­dale were Dani Bench and Met­calfe, who fin­ished the play­offs with four goals.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JO­LENE THOMPSON

Bethany Met­calfe fires away for one of her three goals against Gre­gori dur­ing a play­off game on Hal­loween.

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