On Wednesday, August 21st, the Morro Bay High School Girls Water Polo team played in a preseason match against San Luis Obispo High School, winning 9-5. This school year marks the start of a new division for the team following their success last year, when the Varsity team finished with a record of 15 and 4. Morro Bay High School replaced San Luis Obispo in the new division, meaning that their team is now placed in the position that Morro Bay’s was last year.
According to Coach Lastra, who is replacing Coach Silva starting this year, this victory was proof that Morro Bay deserves its place in the new division. Furthermore, he said that the defense game was especially strong as San Luis Obispo High School was held to two goals until the end of the game. Notable on the defense was Goalie Abbie Burrus, who, Coach Lastra said, made sure that her opponents “couldn’t squeeze anything past her.” In addition to stopping “four breakaways,” Burrus also scored a goal of her one “from half pool.” On the event, Burrus said that the game was a “good competition” but that Morro Bay was able to “crush them.”
On offense, Senior Jessa Maurer was responsible for scoring four out of a total of nine goals. While being interviewed, Maurer said in the game she was instinctively looking for “open water and opportunities for driving” and that when she saw an opportunity it was “go time.” When talking about the team, she said that as their first game with a new coach it was “very different,” but that they have still been doing an “outstanding job” as they’ve worked to come together as a team and a family in order to overcome any obstacles.