The Nighthawks Travels to Face Top-seed Foothill on Saturday
Murrieta Valley extended its 2017 Water Polo season Thursday by defeating Aliso Niguel 7-6 in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Playoffs. Murrieta Valley got 2 goals each from Nick Rogers and Garrett Ritter to slip past the Wolverines.
Aliso Niguel jumped out to a 2-1 lead on goals by Skyler Lee. The Nighthawks got a goal from William Barnes. Murrieta Valley scored three times in the second period from Carson Paiva, Weston Restad and Garrett Ritter to make it a 4-3 match at halftime.
The Nighthawks and Wolverines traded goals in the third. Ritter scored his second of the night in the period. Aliso Niguel then scored 1 and tied it 5-5 early in the 4th period. NIck Rogers and Barnes would score in the final period as the Nighthawks held on to beat Aliso Niguel 7-6.
Murrieta Valley goalkeeper junior Collin Winters, nicknamed “The Wall” played a good, aggressive game in the net.
Murrieta Valley with travel to top-seed Foothill of Santa Ana on Saturday for Round 2 of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Playoffs.
The Knights are19-7 and the Crestview League co-Champions. They beat Damien 14-7 in the opening round.