Defense won’t rest with Oilers

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first_imgIt doesn’t take long to analyze Montebello High School’s opponent, Foothill, for tonight’s 8:30 CIF-Southern Section Division I girls water polo championship game. The key word: defense.. Montebello lost to Foothill earlier this season, 6-3, but the score was tied, 3-3, with five minutes to play. “Then we gave them a couple of easy goals, and that was the difference,” Clements said. “But otherwise, I thought we outplayed them the whole game.” Montebello is led by Priscilla Orozco, who has been a four-year standout for the Oilers. Clements, asked what position she plays, merely said, “Wherever she wants to. We know she’ll be a key focus for their defense.” Along with Orozco, Clements also cited senior Kimberly Romero as the “center of the defense, and offensively, one of our better shooters.” But he quickly emphasized the Oilers’ approach is based on an offense that relies on everyone contributing almost equally. “I also expect a big game from Sarah Orozco (Priscilla’s sister),” Clements said. “She played her best game of the year in the semis (an 8-7 win over Corona del Mar Friday).” Foothill, 27-1, is the Sea View League champion and the division’s No. 1-seeded team. Montebello, 24-5, is the Almont League champion and the division’s No. 3 seed. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Montebello coach Ken Clements describes the Knights’ defense as “very solid,” then offered as evidence this tidbit from their semifinal against Newport Harbor: “(Foothill) had 11 ejections, including the goalkeeper once, and Newport couldn’t score on any of them,” Clements said. “Foothill isn’t as fast as CdM (Corona del Mar), but what they lack in speed they make up for with size and a very physical game.” last_img

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