ROUNDUP: GHS field hockey routs North Salinas; CHS girls water polo wins

Gilroy's Lilybeth Mendoza drives the ball past North Salinas during theri game Tuesday.

Three different players registered at least three goals as the Gilroy High field hockey team routed visiting North Salinas 15-0 in an early season nonleague engagement Tuesday.

Monica Marrazzo scored two minutes into the first half and that opened the floodgates.

The Mustangs, using fluid passing, found space well against the Vikings defenders and opened a 9-0 advantage by halftime.

Morgan Rogers and Lilybeth Mendoza, who was just brought up from junior varsity had three goals apiece, while Katrina Carter posted a game-high four goals. Esmeralda Gobea and Marrazzo finished with two, and Kiara Santamaria, Taylor Riewerts and Cassidy Andersen also had goals.

The Mustangs and Vikings used to meet twice a season as members of the Mission Trail Athletic League. Gilroy won nine consecutive MTAL championships before relocating to the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Mount Hamilton Division three seasons ago. The Vikings are the two-time defending champs in the MTAL since Gilroy’s departure.

The Mustangs (2-0) have the rest of the week off, which will serve them well, considering they have at least four games next week. It begins Monday versus St. Ignatius, continues Thursday at Monta Vista and then concludes with the weekends at the Longhorn Roundup.

Mount Hamilton Division opens Sept. 18 against Presentation.

• The Christopher High field hockey team came away with a 1-1 draw at Del Mar on Tuesday in San Jose.

Raquel Roberts netted the Cougars’ goal. CHS plays again Thursday at home versus Willow Glen. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m.

WATER POLO

Led by Kaitlin Ramirez’ match-high six goals, the Christopher High girls water polo team picked up an 11-9 nod over Harbor in Monterey Bay League Pacific Division League action Tuesday.

The Cougars (1-1) led 6-3 at the half and 10-6 after three periods, and were able to hold off Harbor down the stretch.

Shannon McAvoy and Sabrina Seery scored twice, and Natalie Garcia added one. Dusty Greer led all Harbor scorers with three goals.

Christopher plays at Scotts Valley on Sept. 10.

• Gilroy High’s boys water polo team dropped an 11-4 decision to visiting San Lorenzo Valley on Tuesday.

Garrett Pipkin (3) and Sam Mandel (2) were responsible for the Mustangs’ goals. SLV secured a 7-2 lead by halftime.

“We have a young team and are working to build chemistry in the pool,” GHS first-year head coach Fred Latimore said. “We continue to get better every day, and I’m proud of that.”

Joe Vanni and Jeffrey Dickson split goaltender duties. Vanni had six saves in the first half and Dickson had two in the second.

“We are going to have a focused week of practice, starting with Wednesday’s, and prepare for our next game Monday,” Latimore added.

Gilroy plays Robert Louis Stevenson on Sept. 10.

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