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Weed helps CdM dethrone DP

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Junior defender, who scored season-high four goals in quarterfinal, is key player for Sea Kings heading into Saturday's Division 1 final.

February 24, 2012|By Matt Szabo
(Steven Georges…)

Leave Genevieve Weed open at your own risk.

Weed, a junior defender, is not senior teammates Pippa Saunders and Diana Murphy. She is not even junior classmates Cassidy Papa and Ally McCormick, players who have scored dozens of goals this year for the Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team.

She plays a different role for the Sea Kings. Still, opponents need to be careful with leaving her open.

Weed has shown this season that she can score from the outside. The latest victim on Feb. 18 was three-time defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion Dos Pueblos.

The Chargers were doing an effective job limiting CdM at two meters. Weed stepped up. The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week matched a season-high with four goals as CdM dethroned the Chargers, 9-6, in overtime.

If top-seeded CdM didn't have Weed, they weren't getting out of Goleta with a win. She scored four of her team's six goals in regulation. After Dos Pueblos had tied the score at 5-5 in the fourth quarter, she momentarily stemmed the Chargers' momentum with her fourth goal on the next possession. It was a rocket shot from the left that grazed over the head of Chargers goalie Britten Vilander.

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"There's never been a doubt in anybody's mind that Genevieve's an outstanding shooter," CdM Coach Sam Bailey said after the game. "To take it a step further, there's no doubt in my mind that she's going to be given a lot of opportunities to show it off in the playoffs. We've got athletes like Pippa and Diana, Ally and Cassidy. If I were an opposing team coach, I'd probably be doing the same thing … [but] Gen knows exactly what to do."

As CdM prepares for Saturday night's Division 1 title match against Back Bay rival Newport Harbor, Weed is definitely a key piece. In the Dos Pueblos game, she said she didn't realize during the game just how much of an impact she was having. But everything she did was for the team.

"I did so much, without even realizing it," Weed said. "I just felt like I was playing my role on offense. We always try to put a shot up on all of our offensive opportunities, and that just happened to be me a lot during that game. I felt like I was playing my part on the team, and I ended up getting four [goals]."

That part on the team has evolved over the years. When she started playing water polo she was a center. When she made varsity last year, she switched to center defender. The first-year starter didn't skip a beat, and Bailey credits a lot of that to her intelligence.

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