The Mira Costa boys’ water polo team completed another successful regular season defending the Bay League title they won last year after a 18-9 road victory over rival Redondo Union lon Tuesday. The Mustangs finished Bay League with a 5-1 record.
They share the title with Palos Verdes this year, which also finished with the same record. The Sea Kings beat rival Peninsula in their final game 17-7.
Mira Costa beat Palos Verdes 9-8 in Manhattan Beach in their second meeting to avenge an earlier loss at their pool.
“It’s more of us playing well towards the end of the season here,” said Mira Costa head coach Jon Reichardt. “I think the last two or three games we’ve play really well, we have done a really good job. We’re treating each game like a CIF game right now.”
“We wanted to win it (outright),” said Mira Costa goalie Garrett Allen. “It plays out for a reason. (Palos Verdes) knows how to use their players and how to play against us.”
Overall, Mira Costa is 20-6.
Mira Costa finished the regular season with road games at Los Osos and Agoura Hills following their game at Redondo Union. They will use those to quality matchups to get ready for what will likely be an CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff game.
During the regular season, the top teams are placed in Division I-II and after the regular season is finished the top teams play for the Division I title and the rest are put into Division II.
Mira Costa is ranked near the top 10, but it is not likely they will play in the top division.
“I doubt we will go to Division I,” Reichardt said.
“We’re excited,” Allen said. “It’s kind of sad being our senior season, but it should be a good end to the year.”
As for Redondo Union, which is the defending CIF-Southern Section Division IV champion, they should have an opportunity as an at-large team to compete in the Division III playoffs despite their Bay League record of 1-5. They had a winning record overall at 16-10.
“We are pretty confident we are going to get it,” said Redondo Union boys’ water polo head coach Skyler Ulrich. “We are hoping we get it. It is just wait and see at this point.”
Mira Costa jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the first period and never looked back.
“It was really good,” said Mira Costa’s AJ Slater. “We went in hard and we got a few early goals and put them away.”
Mira Costa extended the lead to 10-2 at the half and it was 14-6 after three periods.
Hudson Carter scored the winning goal for Mira Costa with 1:35 left in the first half that made it 10-2.
“Our shooting is one of the strong suits of our team,” Carter said. “It’s always fun to win by that much, score that many goals.”
Carter led all players with seven goals, five coming in the first half. Slater added three more for Mira Costa.
Ethan Igloi led Redondo Union with four goals, Riley Pierce added three more scores.
“It’s always fun to play with these guys,” Allen said. “I have been playing with a lot of these Redondo guys for a while. It’s always good to see them. This is always a fun game.”
Redondo Union could not survive the early onslaught of goals.
“I think the team was just kind of a little scared,” said Redondo Union’s Alex Wrightsman. “Mira Costa is our rival, we should expect to win. We kind of lost it in the first quarter.”