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Perfect start to water polo season
Ceres High varsity girls team opens WAC play with back-to-back victories
Emily Chapman, co-captain for Ceres High Schools varsity girls water polo team, totaled 13 goals during the opening week of the Western Athletic Conference season. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity girls water polo team notched wins against Pacheco and Central Catholic during the opening week of the Western Athletic Conference season.

"I have very high hopes for them," Bulldogs head coach Stephen Dias said. "But you never know how it's going to play out."

Senior co-captain Emily Chapman totaled 13 goals for Ceres High.

Freshman Julia Pata scored six goals.

Katie Rose collected three goals.

Amber Clemins chipped in with two goals.

Ashley Schmidt and Haley Hoback both had one goal.

Kyndal Chapman and Jasmine Moore split playing time at goalkeeper.

"It's the best "I've seen them play as a team," Dias said. "They had a lot of good communication. All of the girls worked hard. I'm very proud of them for what they did."

Emily Chapman tallied a career-high seven goals while leading the Bulldogs to a 15-4 victory over Central Catholic on Wednesday in Ceres.

Pata, Rose and Clemins all contributed two goals.

Schmidt and Hoback scored one goal each.

"We were anticipating a tougher match," Dias said. "They were physical and aggressive."

Host Ceres High defeated Pacheco 11-6 on Monday, Sept. 30.

The Bulldogs trailed early before pulling away.

"It was a fun game to watch," Dias said. "It was a battle. They put a scare into us."

Emily poured in a game-high six goals.

Julia had a career-high four goals.

Katie scored one goal.

The Bulldogs will rely heavily on Emily Chapman for the rest of the season. She was named to the WAC Second Team as a junior.

"She's definitely a different player this year," Dias said. "She knows she has to be."