A strong start to both halves of Tuesday's nonleague girls' water polo game between host Edison and Laguna Beach wasn't quite enough to propel the Chargers to victory in a early-season matchup between teams ranked in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll.
Sixth-ranked Laguna scored the game's final two goals, and pulled out a 10-8 victory over ninth-ranked Edison at the Ocean View High Aquatics Center.
The Chargers took a 3-2 lead after the first quarter but were outscored, 3-0, in the second quarter and trailed, 5-3, at the half. They caught the Breakers at 5-5 behind consecutive goals by Lyndsie Williams and Sabrina Jensen at the outset of the second half, and the score was still tied, 6-6, heading into the fourth quarter.
Jensen, a sophomore, scored the last of her three goals by powering in a long shot with 1:27 to play. It tied the score (8-8) one final time. A goal by Laguna's Brighid Burnes, with her team in a six-on-five advantage, gave the Breakers the lead for good with 48.6 seconds remaining.
Risa Burke scored twice for Edison which fell to 3-5 overall.
"Our girls came out and competed big-time in the second half," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. "I told them to forget trying to drop on defense, and we went into a press. The girls did a great job with that. We held them to two goals until they got those two late scores.
"We're a really young team and the girls are working hard. Sabrina [Jensen] has never played polo before. The girls are gaining great experience."
Edison has a tough three-game swing up north this weekend against three Santa Barbara-area teams ranked in Division 1. First up is a Friday date at third-ranked at Santa Barbara. The Chargers will face both No. 9 San Marcos and No. 10 Dos Pueblos on Saturday.
Fountain Valley played Godinez to a 2-2 tie in a nonleague game Tuesday. The Barons, who trailed, 2-0, at the half, rallied behind second-half goals scored by Madison Gomez and Dakota Griggs. Addie Espinosa assisted Gomez's goal.
The Barons ended a three-game swing at the Irvine Team Challenge with a 4-0 victory Saturday over Garden Grove. Kasey Reeves scored twice and Gomez and Griggs scored once. The Barons scored all four goals in the second half.
Fountain Valley went 1-1-1 at the tournament. Griggs scored for the Barons in their opener, a 1-1 tie against Los Osos They fell, 2-0, to El Dorado, in their second game.
CIF Weekly Rankings
Boys' basketball (preseason poll): Huntington Beach (No. 11, Division 1A); Ocean View (No. 4, Division 3A); Brethren Christian (tie-No. 3, Division 5AA).
Girls' basketball (preseason poll): Edison (No. 11, Division 1AA); Huntington Beach (No. 7, Division 1A); Ocean View No. 9 (Division 3A).
Boys' soccer: Marina (No. 8, Division 1); Ocean View (No. 6, Division 2).
Girls' water polo: Edison (No. 9, Division 1); Huntington Beach (No. 10, Division 1); Ocean View (No. 2, Division 7).