HS Girls’ Water Polo: Lady Nighthawks turn it up at America’s Finest City Tournament

Murrieta Valley High School girls water polo player
Murrieta Valley High School participated in the America’s Finest City Tournament this past weekend where they defeated Cathedral Catholic High School 7-4 in the quarterfinals. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The Murrieta Valley High School Lady Nighthawks had two outstanding defensive performances Friday night, Jan. 17, at the America’s Finest City Tournament, allowing eight combined goals against Torrey Pines and Cathedral Catholic high schools. Maryn Dempsey scored six goals to help Murrieta Valley open the tourney with a 12-4 victory over Torrey Pines. The Lady Nighthawks led 8-1 at halftime, and that’s when head coach Chris Boyer elected to rest many of his starters during the second half. Avery Wood added three goals, and Tyanna Schneider recorded nine saves to help their team move on.

Murrieta Valley went on to face Oaks Christian High School in the quarterfinals Saturday, Jan. 18, where they capped the evening with a 7-4 victory over Cathedral Catholic, one of the top teams in the San Diego Section. Dempsey and Sophia Sollie both scored twice, and Sila Fedler, Rebecca Hale and Wood each added one goal. Schneider was solid inside the cage and finished the match with five saves.


First round

Yucaipa 8, Newbury Park 5

Mira Costa 18, St. Lucy’s 9

La Jolla 12, Riverside Poly 5

Los Osos 9, Westview 6

Cathedral Catholic 16, Temescal Canyon 2

Murrieta Valley 12, Torrey Pines 4

Carlsbad 15, Bonita 2

King 21, Mt. Carmel 1

Championship second round

Agoura 7, Yucaipa 3

Murrieta Valley 7, Cathedral Catholic 4

King 11, Rosary 9

Schurr 16, Los Osos 6

Consolation second round

Poway 15, St. Lucy’s 10

La Serna 14, Riverside Poly 5

Temescal Canyon 10, Torrey Pines 3

El Camino 16, Bonita 7

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