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And the Division II CIF Title Goes To ..... The Mariners with Their First CIF Team Title in Mar Vista History

Feb 28, 2016 03:18PM ● By Paul Spear

And the Division II CIF Title Goes To ..... The Mariners with Their First CIF Team Title in Mar Vista History

They started off the first quarter down by three points on the score board but that did not stop the polo princess spirit. Scripps Ranch thought they had a lock on the title. But there were still three quarters to play. Mariners went into the second quarter with an amazing comeback; shot after shot the Mar Vista girls gained ground and scored 3 goals within 7 minutes, while their opponents shot 1. During half time, Coach Chad Kavanagh spoke about the path to success and how hard they have been working all season long. "You girls have it in you, you have to keep playing your game and show them how much you want it, prove to them that you're the best team out there." This inspirational speech spurred the push in the second half. Third quarter was just around the corner and these girls knew what they had to do.They tied up the score 6-6 with the crowd on the edge of their seats the whole time. These girls didn't want to let this amazing opportunity slip through their fingers. They got in and did exactly what their coaches, Chad Kavanagh and David Chalmers, coached them to do. The polo princesses went out there and fought in the last quarter taking the title, with a 2 goal lead 8-6. This team have graduated from the polo princesses to the polo queens!!

The stands were full and loud for Mar Vista during this game. The players were stunned by the outpouring of enthusiasm. The key to winning the title of this miraculous game was strength, confidence, and outstanding community support.  This is Coach Kavanagh's and Chalmers' first CIF Title as coaches. Coach Chalmers' last title was as a player in Coronado. Kavanagh's dedication to Mar Vista's program is proof the formula this duo developed is magic.

Isabelle Hastings 3 Goals (Senior)
Danielle Pena 2 Goals (Junior)
Stephanie Morales 2 Goals (Senior)
Shyla Toledo 1 Goal (Junior)

Article & Photo Credit: Shawna Chalmers


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