COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa High girls' water polo team played the first CIF Southern Section playoff game in the Mustangs' 50-meter pool Tuesday.
The Mustangs had a sizable crowd, including cheerleaders, on hand.
Jolene Guiliana stole the show.
The Beckman High senior scored 10 times for the visiting Patriots, who posted a 17-7 victory in the Division I wild-card match. Mesa's season ends with a 15-14 record.
Guiliana did not surprise the Mustangs by scoring her season-high in goals, only adding to her Orange County-leading total of 142. But she also had six steals, helping lead what was at times a relentless Patriots defense.
On the rare occasions she missed a shot, she swam in to pressure Costa Mesa junior goalie Claudine Le or senior defender Monica Folkerts. Other times, Guiliana was at the top of the press defense, able to swim back for several easy counterattack goals after a teammate made a steal.