by DOMINIQUE LIE
For the first time in school history, the girls water polo team won a California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) Division 2 Championship, Feb. 25, earning Schurr’s first CIF win by a female team.
The Spartans started the game with a goal from senior Jassmine Kezman but ended the half behind 3-2. With no goals by either team in the third quarter, the Spartans entered the fourth quarter determined to win.
The Spartans tied the game on a shot from Kezman. “It is my senior year, and I wanted to end senior year with a ring. During that game, everyone was playing their hardest, and we were not going to give up until that whistle blew and that clock hit 0:00,” said Kezman.
Continuing the fourth quarter, sophomore Cynthia Rosa broke the 3-3 tie with another goal, and with 3:55 left on the clock, the Spartans were up, 5-4.
Sophomore goalie Itzahiana Baca made 20 saves during the game, blocking a penalty shot as well as a point-blank one-on-one shot.
“We improved in so many ways since last year. We got closer as a team, and we saw each other as family. We took practices as if they were games and we worked and worked, rain or shine, morning or night; we were at the pool practicing,” said Baca.
When the game ended with the Spartans on top, 6-4, the celebration and award ceremony began.
“It’s quite amazing to be part of the first female team at Schurr to have won in CIF. I’m proud of being around such hardworking and dedicated girls. We made such a bold statement to the community by being the only female CIF champions from Schurr,” said Lizbeth Gomez, four-year varsity senior.