None of the Righetti girls water polo team's current players had played on a team that had made it past the first round of the playoffs. That was before this year.

This year, the Warriors have played themselves into the CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinals.

Sophie Noce gave the Warriors their first lead with a goal at the 2:44.01 mark of the second quarter, Righetti stayed ahead and the Warriors beat Studio City Harvard-Westlake 10-6 in the quarterfinals on a chilly Saturday at Pioneer Valley High School.

Dominique Burciaga led the Warriors with four goals. Paige Thompson scored four times for the Wolverines.

Righetti coach Roxanne Leasure said the teams couldn't play at Righetti's pool because of ongoing construction there.

The Warriors (20-7) will play top-ranked Villa Park in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Wednesday at a neutral site. Villa Park won its quarterfinal game at Rancho Cucamonga, so the semifinal will be in Southern California on Wednesday.

The Wolverines finished 18-9. They won the Mission League championship. Righetti finished second in the PAC 8 League.

Righetti spotted Harvard-Westlake a 2-0 lead going into the second quarter. The Warriors dominated the second quarter, forcing turnovers and then scoring in transition.

The Warriors scored five unanswered goals and led 5-2 at halftime. Noce scored after taking a long pass from Emma Savaso and gave her team a lead it would never relinquish.

The Wolverines were within range after Pria Pani put in a long shot to pull her team within 8-6 with 1:35.90 left. The Warriors tucked the win away by scoring on two power plays.

Santa Ynez 9, Costa Mesa Estancia 2

Shannon Connolly scored four times, and the top-ranked Pirates (18-10) moved into the Division 7 semifinals by winning the first game of this playoff doubleheader at Pioneer Valley High School.

Santa Ynez led 6-2 late in the fourth quarter and then scored three more times.. Alicia Reyes scored two goals for the Pirates Saturday.

The Los Padres League runner-up will play in the semis at 5 p.m. Wednesday at a neutral site.

The Eagles finished 14-8.  

Riverside Poly 7, Arroyo Grande 6

Sarah Parson had four goals and Sam Vitt added two as the Eagles weren't able to keep up with Poly. 

Daiylnn Santoro scored three goals for Poly. 

Danielle Jenkins made 12 saves for the Eagles.

Poly came in to the game as the No. 2 seed in Division 2. The contest was played at Paso Robles due to pool conditions at AGHS.

"Great season and proud to prove we belong in Division 2," Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said in an email to the Times. "Seniors had great careers winning a title and being in the finals twice. Fortunate to be this team's coach."

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