Water polo roundup: Agoura one away from goal

first_imgThe Dons (22-8) held Casey Flacks, the Chargers’ speedy swimmer and scrappy defender, to one goal and three steals and forced Jillian Waldron and Emily Schmachtenberger to foul out late in the game. But coach Jason Rosenthal’s team had other weapons to complete the job. Alana Altmann and Talia Cognata scored added goals for the Chargers, who never trailed in a game that featured four lead changes and was tied three times. Schmachtenberger scored on an assist by Flacks early in the final period for a 6-4 lead. Agoura goalkeeper Sara Gralitzer finished with 15 saves. Santa Barbara beat Agoura 8-7 in last year’s Div. IV title game and the year before. The Dons also knocked the Chargers out of the playoffs in the semifinals in 2004. “It wasn’t the championship game but it feels really good to win,” Rosenthal said. “We didn’t blow them out, it was a close game. Like I told Mark Walsh (the Dons’ coach), I modeled our program after theirs because they were the model team.” OTHER DIV. IV GAMES “It feels just like we won CIF,” said Carly Clark, who led the Chargers with four goals, including the one that put the game out of reach with 1:44 left and a 7-4 lead. “To stop them from getting into the finals was what we wanted. Now we have to continue to keep playing as a team and do the right things in the next game.” Agoura will be Monday’s championship game instead of the Dons, who have been in the final the last nine years. The Chargers (25-6) will face Laguna Beach at the Belmont Pool in Long Beach for the Div. II title. The Agoura girls’ water polo team reached redemption Friday but is still short of its objective. The Chargers avenged three straight playoff loses to Santa Barbara, including two Southern Section championships, with an 8-6 Div. II semifinal win against the Dons at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine. center_img Cabrillo of Lompoc 9, Harvard-Westlake 6: Harvard-Westlake came within two goals of tying Cabrillo after holding top-seeded Cabrillo scoreless in the third quarter. But Cabrillo returned the favor keeping the Wolverines scoreless for 10:35 in the second half in a match at Pasadena City College. “It’s sour grapes right now because I wish we could’ve played better,” Harvard-Westlake coach Larry Felix said. “But for where some of them were two years ago to making the semis, I couldn’t be happier.” Nadia Dan led the Wolverines with three goals, one assist and two steals. Madison had nine saves including two stopped penalty shots. Arroyo Grande 12, Glendale 6: Glendale’s first semifinal appeareance in school history was spoiled by No. 2 Arroyo Grande, who scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to pull away at Cuesta College. Sarah Wolff scored two goals for the Nitros while Shaggy Abolian and Vanuhi Ovasapyan added one each. – Ivan Orozco and Erik Boal 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Is Wenger losing it? Listen as Arsenal boss turns angrily on the media

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned on the media on Friday morning, blasting their continued criticism of him and and his team as “very, very, very, very boring”.The Frenchman also threatened to walk out of the press conference when questioned about Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.Wenger has taken flak from all corners this week following his side’s Champions League defeat by Olympiakos,  with former Manchester United captain Roy Keane labelling the team as ”weak”, ”soft” and ”lacking winners”.In the aftermath of that setback he responded angrily to questions about his decision to leave out Petr Cech in favour of David Ospina, who subsequently dropped a corner over the goalline.And Wenger’s mood had not improved as he faced the press ahead of this Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester United.“You come to the game, you judge the game and you assess if I am right or wrong. I never critiqued that, I accept your judgement of how the team played and your assessment, but I don’t have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions,” the Arsenal manager said.“If you have any interesting questions for Sunday’s game I can answer, but apart from that let’s not come back always to the same story.“You have not watched well the game on Tuesday night. You come always with that same story… you can put the goalkeeper you want in the goal, he can make a mistake, you have to accept that. It’s down to everybody. But if you have watched the game and you come down to the conclusion that we lost the game because of Ospina, I question your knowledge of football.“I make the decision that is right on the day and I am accountable on the results of my team and the way we play football.”And when asked to respond to Mourinho’s comments last week that only one manager in the Premier League not under pressure, Wenger replied: “Look, stop that story or we stop the press conference.“I think you lack a bit of creativity in the press at the moment, that you follow a bandwagon that is very very, very, very boring. I don’t go along with that.”last_img read more

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