The defending CIF champion Palm Desert girls’ water polo team took their first step toward a potential repeat Wednesday night, taking care of visiting Citrus Valley 14-4.
Palm Desert goalie Savannah Clyde makes a save after the shot got past teammate Megan Sawyer (14) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 as the Aztecs hosted the Citrus Valley Blackhawks in a CIF girls water polo playoff game. Palm Desert won 14-4 and advances to the next round.
The Aztecs were led by seven goals and eight steals from Elise Stein to take the Division 5 opening-round game.
Sarah Nichols added four goals, Alina Hudson had two goals and Samantha Sandoval had one goal. Goalkeeper Savannah Clyde had eight saves.
Palm Desert, thanks to a positive coin flip result, will host their next game. They will face Esperanza on Saturday at home in the quarterfinal round.
Other scores: Two other DVL water polo teams were not as fortunate Wednesday, losing road first-round contests. La Quinta lost to Los Altos 10-6 and Xavier Prep fell to Redlands East Valley 9-2. No information was reported from either game.
La Sierra 69, Indio 46: The Rajahs, who received an at-large bid to make the postseason, couldn’t pull off the road upset.
Larry McCan had 23 points and Jeremiah Brown added 13 points to pace the Rajahs.
Other scores: Don Lugo defeated Cathedral City 86-63, and Faith Baptist topped Desert Christian Academy 61-54.
Palm Desert def. Summit in PKs: Palm Desert outshot host Summit 13-3 in regulation and overtime, but couldn’t find the back of the net, forcing a penalty kick shootout after the 0-0 tie.
In the shootout, Summit led 1-0 after the first round, but Palm Desert goalkeeper Uriel Lopez stopped the next two shots. Meanwhile, Josmar Flores, Jason Samperio and Kevin Samperio scored three straight for Palm Desert to put them up 3-1. When Summit’s fourth attempt sailed high, the Aztecs had the victory.
Coach Scott McKee credited his back four defensive players, Thomas Emison, Flores, Kevin Samperio and Scottie Jacobo for keeping Summit off the board.
Palm Desert now plays Friday at second-seeded Aliso Niguel.
“It will be a challenge, but we’re excited to have the opportunity,” McKee said.
Amistad 12, Summit 10: Jonathan Martinez scored six goals to lead Amistad to the high-scoring victory.
Also scoring for Amistad (4-0) were Victor Lazcano (three goals), Edgar Arreola (two goals) and Israel Moreno (one goal). Ruben Zepeda and Hilario Lazaro played strong defense.
Amistad 6, Summit 3: Tania Martinez netted four goals to spark Amistad. Micaela Fernandez and Viridiana Chacon both scored one goal. Chantel Harmon, Darlene Ibarra and Yesemia Soto contributed on defense.
Amistad (3-0) plays Mt. San Jacinto on Feb. 24.
Chaffey 75, COD 64: Jordan Pellum led the Roadrunners with 19 points. Mark Johnson had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Smith had 13 points.
COD (12-13, 4-5) concludes its regular season at 3 p.m. Saturday at home against Rio Hondo.
CIF PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
(Note: All soccer games begin at 3 p.m., all water polo games begin at 5 p.m. and all basketball games begin at 7 p.m. unless both schools agree to a change)
•Don Lugo at Indio
•Sultana at Palm Springs (6 p.m.)
•Northwood at Desert Hot Springs
•Shadow Hills at La Canada
•Cathedral City at Burroughs
•Desert Christian Academy at Lucerne Valley
•Palm Valley at Baker Valley (4:30 p.m.)
•Citrus Hill at La Quinta
•Xavier Prep at Estancia (5 p.m.)
•California at Palm Desert
•St. Mary’s at Shadow Hills
•Desert Hot Springs at Pomona
•Cathedral City at Hemet (5 p.m.)
•Santiago at La Quinta
•Gahr at Palm Desert
•Palm Springs at San Marcos
•Rancho Mirage at Harvard Westlake
•Trabuco Hills at La Quinta
•Palm Springs at California
•Coachella Valley at Cabrillo
•Palm Desert at Aliso Niguel
•Rancho Mirage at Arrowhead Christian
•Shadow Hills at Flintridge Prep
•Nogales at Desert Mirage
•Hamilton at Desert Christian Academy
•Desert Chapel at La Sierra Acad.
•Mojave at West Shores
•La Quinta at Warren
Girls’ water polo
•Esperanza at Palm Desert