Carlson, who scored four goals and had six steals. "But, we were just
trying to focus on this game first. And then, if we won this game, then
we would go on to beat Newport next time."
Is that some sort of prediction?
"No, but we're going to play well and it's going to be a very good
game," Carlson said hesitantly. "There's a good chance (to win). I can't
actually say that we're going to beat them. We're going to need mental
preparation for that game. Physically, we are ready for it."
Carlson got CdM (5-1), ranked No. 5 in Orange County, on the
scoreboard two minutes into the game as she capitalized on the
six-on-five opportunity. Then with 2:17 remaining, the Sea Kings went on
a 3-0 run to close out the quarter and earn a 4-1 advantage.
CdM sophomore Christina Hewko, who finished with three goals, scored
to answer Poly's first goal. And, less than a minute later, Brittany
Bowlus, who also scored three goals, threw one in.
Then, with 35 seconds remaining in the quarter, Carlson scored on
another six-on-five. And the Jackrabbits (3-4) would never recover.
"Our shooting was really on," Carlson said. "We weren't making a lot
of the mistakes that we've been making in our other games. We were
concentrating and playing heads-up water polo."
CdM's heads-up performance led to 27 shots on goal and, on defense,
Jessica Fries recorded three steals, one of which led to a goal as she
set up Jessica Harkins' score for a 5-1 lead.
"The defense," CdM Coach John Vargas said of what he enjoyed about the
win. "Alexis Miller drew a lot of ejections off of her drives. Jessica
Fries made a ton of steals out there. And then we had the usual from
Danielle and Christine scoring goals. And Bowlus did a great job."
The Sea Kings actually had eight six-on-five opportunities, scoring on
five. Also, Poly ran out the shot clock on five occasions because of
"Now we're looking forward to Newport," Vargas said. "We're ready for
them. Newport (No. 4 in the county) is definitely playing well. It will
be a real nice test for us. It's going to be a fun game on Friday."
CdM will host its Back Bay rival Friday at 3:45 p.m.
Corona del Mar 12, Long Beach Poly 3
Long Beach Poly 1 1 1 0 - 3
Corona del Mar 4 3 4 1 - 12
Long Beach Poly - Williams 2, Scott 1.
Saves - Robinson 10.
Corona del Mar - Carlson 4, Hewko 3, Bowlus 3, Daley 1, Harkins 1.
Saves - Wells 3.