Lady Eagles water polo takes section title

By: Mike Ray Loomis News Correspondent
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For the first time in 10 years, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II girls water polo championship banner has found a new home in Loomis. The CIF title pennant was brought back to Loomis on Saturday after the Del Oro Lady Eagles turned in a championship effort by defeating Oakdale, 10-7, in the Div. II girls title match played at Woodcreek. Capping a banner season in which the team fashioned a 27-6 record, the Lady Eagles led from start to finish in subduing the Mustangs who had gained the title bout by eliminating nine-time CIF defending champion Rio Americano, 4-2, in the semi-finals. “The team played a great match,” said Del Oro coach Lindi Callahan. “The defense really showed the way. We put a lot of pressure on Oakdale the whole match. It was top notch.” Del Oro held a slim one goal lead at halftime before the Lady Eagles steadily pulled away in the second half. Courtney Weddle’s four goals and three by Andreatta led the offense in the championship match. added two more scores for the Black and Gold while teammate Joie-Lynn Howard chipped in with a solo goal. In the assist department, both Andreatta and Hannah Jarvis had two apiece while Haynes, Lynch and Weddle added one each. In the semi-finals, Del Oro goalie Katelyn Thompson came up with 17 saves to highlight the Lady Eagles’ 7-2 win over McClatchy. The win was the second of the season for Del Oro over the Lions as the Lady Eagles had defeated the Sacramento squad in the Sierra Tournament 6-4 back in September. Handling the scoring in the semi-final win were Courtney Weddle with four scores, Andreatta with two and Lynch with one. Andreatta also had two assists. Del Oro, which had opened the tournament with a 20-2 rout of Casa Roble, was paired against El Camino in a second-round match played last Tuesday at Whitney. In a match that started as a tight defensive battle, Del Oro pulled away for a 7-1 decision over the Eagles, the second place team from the Capital Athletic League. Courtney Weddle, Morgan Callahan and Andreatta all had two goals each for Del Oro, while Amanda Weddle tallied another score. Thompson was credited with 13 saves in the win. Callahan, who was assisted by Dana Perceival and Mike Saldana, noted that the team really came together well this season. “We had only three seniors this season, but the team played together most of the summer,” said Lindi Callahan. “Our team chemistry was very good.” Div. II Title Run Del Oro 20, Casa Roble 2 Del Oro 7, El Camino 1 Del Oro 7, McClatchy 2 Championship Del Oro 10, Oakdale 7