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Casey Barragan scores 8 goals in La Serna victory

SANTA FE SPRINGS – On paper, the La Serna and Santa Fe girls Del Rio League water polo game appeared to be an even match.

However, the game is played in the water and the Lancers took control with 10 first-period goals, en route to a 19-3 victory Tuesday afternoon at Santa Fe.

Both Santa Fe and La Serna came into the contest with only one loss each.

With the win, the Lancers improved to 11-1 overall and 1-0 in league, while Santa Fe is 13-2, 0-1.

Leading the way for La Serna was junior Casey Barragan with eight goals. Courtney Coates had three, while Bianca Borunda and Samantha Wisher had two each.

In goal for La Serna, allowing only three goals, was Madison Lindgren.

Santa Fe was led by single goals from senior Kaya Harlow, junior Melanie Cruz and sophomore Mireya Sathoff.

“Casey and Bianca have about 80 goals each this season and they’ve had some big games,” La Serna coach John Pringle said. “They are studs.

“We were able to jump out in front [Tuesday]. We haven’t always started out this strong, but it was good to see.”

La Serna, which lost in the CIF-SS first round last season and is ranked fifth in division 4, has bigger sights this year with the two leaders on offense.

After Pringle took out all of the starters in the second period, Santa Fe got on the scoreboard with 3:52 left in the period with its first goal by Sathoff. It was an extra-man, long shot from outside of the 5-meter line.

Barragan, who has not committed to any colleges but has several NCAA DI offers, scored two more goals in the second period.

“Bianca (Borunda) and I have been working hard since my freshman year and there has been an extreme improvement,” Barragan said. “Every game we’re getting better.”

A couple of Barragan’s goals came by her turning her defender and scoring.

“I like turning people,” Barragan added. “It’s wherever I can find where their off position, where I can find a weak spot.”

In the 10-goal first period, Borunda scored twice.

“A fast start is very important and you also want to end strong,” said Borunda, whose brother Eric led the boys team a couple of years ago and is now playing at Whittier College. “It’s kind of bitter sweet to end my career this season at La Serna and we’re excited to finally start league play.”

Borunda, who has a strong arm and has been playing since the age of six, has verbally committed to UC Santa Barbara for next season.

Cruz and Harlow scored the first two goals of the third period for the Chiefs to trail, 12-3.

The Lancers built up a 15-3 lead by the end of the period, with Barragan scoring two more goals.

Coates finished the game with two late goals in the last three minutes for the Lancers.

La Serna will play in America’s Finest City Tournament in San Diego County beginning Friday while Santa Fe will play two non-league games against Colony and Burbank.

Del Rio League action continues next week with Santa Fe traveling to El Rancho on Tuesday and La Serna will host Cal High, also on Tuesday.

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