Mira Costa sinks Agoura in first round of boys water polo playoffs, Redondo advances
By Randy Angel
Less than one week after Agoura defeated Mira Costa in double-overtime to finish the regular season, the Mustangs got the last laugh on Wednesday as they defeated the visiting Chargers 10-6 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.
Troy Gleason and Jake Carter recorded six goals between them to lead Mira Costa (19-8) who will host Redlands East Valley (20-5) in a quarterfinal contest on Saturday.
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Agoura, who eliminated Mira Costa in the 2017 quarterfinals, gave the Mustangs a battle in the first half but Hudson Carter’s two goals gave Mira Costa a 3-2 going into halftime.
Gleason recorded his second goal only 23 seconds into the second half before Jake Carter scored three goals in the third quarter to give the Mustangs a 7-3 lead.
Mira Costa’s Ryder Theodore’s goal, followed by Jake Carter’s fourth goal of the game, gave the Mustangs a 9-3 advantage before Agoura rallied with three goals in the final 3 minutes.
Redlands East Valley advanced after defeated La Serna 7-4 in the opening round.
In Division 2, Palos Verdes (22-7) saw its season come to and end with a 7-5 loss to Foothill (18-10).
In Division 3, Redondo (17-10) defeated host South Pasadena 9-5 and will host San Marcos (14-17) today in the second round. The winner will take on the Servite-Malibu victor in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Also in Division 3, Peninsula rallied to defeat El Segundo 8-6 in a game played at Mira Costa. Cole Allyn scored four goals leading the Panthers back from a four-goal deficit in the first half.
Peninsula (18-7) will host Edison (16-13) today in a second-round game.
In Division 5, Chadwick (10-10) knocked off Nordhoff 14-5 and will host top-seeded Cypress (19-9) today ni a game played at Peninsula High School at 4 p.m.
In Division 6, West Torrance (16-8) had a first-round bye and will host top-seeded Tustin (16-10) in the second round today at the Torrance Aquatics Center.
Torrance (10-16) saw its season come to an end with a 19-7 loss to visiting Culver City.
In Division 7, South Torrance (9-6) edged host Summit 13-11 and will travel to face second-seeded Baldwin Park (18-6) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
For complete scores and schedules, visit cifss.org.