Agoura ready for Breakers

first_img Agoura claimed its spot in today’s final against Laguna Beach at 8:15 p.m. at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. But the festive mood after the win over Santa Barbara reflected something more meaningful, that the team’s chemistry remains intact. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “One thing we can take from this season, win or lose, is the way this team bonded,” Agoura coach Jason Rosenthal said. “The way they created a team-first mentality and the way they showed they are not just a bunch of individuals.” Rosenthal said Agoura has fallen short of winning a title in recent years because it didn’t play together when necessary. “This is one of the best teams I’ve had,” Rosenthal said. “Maybe not as talented as the one in 2001 that won (the CIF title). If you’d asked me at the beginning of the year who would be in the final, I’d tell you Santa Barbara and Villa Park.” Instead, it will be Agoura trying to win its first title since 2001 against a top-seeded Laguna Beach team that has a fast-paced, aggressive offense. The Breakers (25-6) bring an attack led by emerging star center Annika Dries and attacker Jessica McKee. Dries and McKee each scored four goals in a 12-8 semifinal win against Villa Park. “We’re going to have to play good team defense like we did against Santa Barbara,” Rosenthal said. “As a team, the way we’ve done all year.” center_img Agoura goalkeeper Sara Gralitzer hopped into a couple of teammates’ arms after beating nemesis Santa Barbara in last week’s Southern Section Div. II girls’ water polo semifinal. Gralitzer and her teammates celebrated knocking out the five-time section champions. The Chargers (25-6) snapped the 22-game win streak by the Dons, a team that had ended Agoura’s postseason early four of the past five years. last_img

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