Cassidy Miller scored seven goals in two games on Saturday, leading San Marcos High to the championship of the Villa Park girls water polo tournament.
Miller had three goals in a 9-6 semifinal win over Santa Margarita and collected four more in a 10-8 triumph over Bishop’s of La Jolla in the title game. Ava Stryker added two goals for the Royals (6-2) and Zosia Amberger made seven saves.
“In the Bishop’s game, we trailed by two in the third quarter, then tied it up 6-6 going into the fourth,” said coach Chuckie Roth. “It was an eventful fourth quarter with lots of action. I was really proud of my team’s grit and resiliency. A lot of calls went against us including Hannah Meyer’s third ejection of the game. The team stepped up and rose to the occasion and we were able to come away with a win.
“I’m happy the girls were able to win the tournament because we’ve won only once before and it’s a good recognition of our team’s hard work.”
In the semifinal, Meyer and Claire Kronen scored two goals apiece with Megan Musick and Stryker contibuting one apiece. Amberger had six saves and Riley Christen added five.
The Royals will open Channel League play by hosting Santa Barbara on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.