Friday, March 31, 2023

Islander Girls Water Polo Crowned CIF Division 1 Champions

Senior Abby Reyes swims the ball towards the Valhalla goal during Saturday’s Division 1 CIF Championship game against Valhalla.

On Saturday, February 18, the Islander Girls Water Polo Team squared off against Valhalla for the CIF Division 1 Finals. After pulverizing Westview in the Quarterfinals 11-3 and narrowly beating Santana in the Semifinals 5-4, the Islanders were eager to bring home the championship title and secure the Division 1 Championship for the second year in a row. 

Junior Megan Ledgerwood fires a shot on goal during Saturday’s Division 1 CIF Championship game.

Junior Kyla Granados scored the first Islander goal early on in the first period. And while Valhalla would clap back with two goals of their own, the girls were just getting started with much left in the tank. 

Junior Caraline Wastila hurled one past the goalie for a penalty shot and Granados added yet another point to the scoreboard to end halftime tied 3-3. Although it seemed like a close match-up, those three goals were all Valhalla could manage as they went scoreless in the entire second half.

Junior Caraline Wastila shoots a goal during the Division 1 CIF Championship game against Valhalla.

During the third period, the Islanders picked up momentum with goals by junior Megan Ledgerwood and Wastila. Senior Sofia Goikoetxea also found the back of the net, which gave the girls a 3 goal lead with just one quarter left to play. 

Junior Megan Ledgerwood passes to a teammate during the CIF Championship game against Valhalla.

The Islander defense was impenetrable, thanks to junior goalie Harper Gilbert. Other notable efforts came from juniors Grace Miller, Allie Ralston, and senior Abby Reyes, who all kept Valhalla at bay.

Junior Allie Ralston defends the Islander goal.

The Islanders had a comfortable three goal lead with just minutes to play, and they certainly ran away with the win. To top it off to close out the victory, Goikoetxea made an incredibly long goal and when the buzzer sounded, the final tally was 7-3.

Senior Sofia Goicoechea fires a goal into the back of the net. She collected two goals for the Islanders during the Division 1 CIF Championship game.

For the second year in a row, the Islander Girls Water Polo Team have been crowned Division 1 Champions. With a solid core of returning veterans anchored by goalie and MVP Gilbert, the girls have an opportunity to make it a three-peat.

Junior goalie Harper Gilbert.

After a season record of 13-8 and an incredible CIF Championship win, the Islanders will be enjoying their break until the next season begins in December. 

The Islander Girls Water Polo team celebrate their Division 1 CIF Title. From left to right: Goalie Harper Gilbert, Sofia Goikoetxea, Allie Ralston, Megan Ledgerwood, Grace Miller, Caraline Wastila, Kyla Granados, Abby Reyes, Alexa Galbo.

Bella Villarin
Bella Villarin
Bella is a proud military brat who has been a resident of Coronado since 2015. She was born in Japan, and after a short stay in Virginia, traveled extensively throughout Asia while living in Singapore and picking up another language. A junior at Coronado High School, Bella can be found at the driving range or golf course when not in school, studying, writing, playing the guitar, or spending time with her family. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]