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26 | January 25, 2018 | Malibu surfside news Sports malibusurfsidenews.com Girls Soccer Santa Paula defeats Sharks 3-2 in Malibu Ryan Flynn, Freelance Reporter After a flurry of scoring in the first half, the Sharks offense went cold on Friday, Jan. 19. Malibu girls soccer, which had scored two or more goals in only three of their seven games this season, had two in the first half alone. From then on, however, they were unable to find the back of the net, ultimately losing 3-2 in double overtime to visiting Santa Paula. The Sharks are now 2-5-1 on the season and 1-2 in league play under first-year coach Sam Nellis. Santa Paula controlled the game early, keeping the ball in Malibu territory. The teams went back and forth, scoring two goals apiece. Both the Malibu goals were by senior forward Sara Cosentino. Malibu had its chances, nearly scoring on a header with about five minutes to go, but were unable to capitalize. Tied 2-2 the game went to overtime, where again both teams were stymied. In the second overtime, Santa Paula broke the tie, ending the game with a walk-off goal. Senior forward Sara Cosentino had each of the Sharks’ two goals Friday, Jan. 19, at home. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media This Week In... SHARKS ATHLETICS Girls Basketball ■7 ■ p.m. Jan. 25 - at Thacher ■5 ■ p.m. Jan. 27 - at Grace Brethren ■7 ■ p.m. Jan. 30 - at Nordhoff ■6 ■ p.m. Feb. 1 - host Villanova Boys Basketball ■7 ■ p.m. Jan. 26 - at Carpinteria ■7 ■ p.m. Jan. 29 - at Bishop Diego ■7 ■ p.m. Jan. 31 - at Nordhoff Boys Soccer ■4 ■ p.m. Jan. 25 - host Villanova ■5 ■ p.m. Jan. 27 - host Santa Clara ■2:30 ■ p.m. Feb. 1 - at St. Bonaventure Girls Soccer ■3:15 ■ p.m. Jan. 26 - vs. La Reina at Cal Lutheran ■5 ■ p.m. Jan. 31 - host Grace Brethren Girls Water Polo ■3:15 ■ p.m. Jan. 26 - at Carpinteria ■2:30 ■ p.m. Jan. 31 - vs. Foothill at Ventura Aquatic Center PEPPERDINE ATHLETICS Women’s Basketball ■7 ■ p.m. Jan. 25 - at Loyola Marymount ■2 ■ p.m. Jan. 27 - at Santa Clara ■7 ■ p.m. Feb. 1 - host Portland Men’s Basketball ■7 ■ p.m. Jan. 25 - host Loyola Marymount ■3 ■ p.m. Jan. 27 - host Santa Clara ■7 ■ p.m. Feb. 1 - at Portland Men’s Volleyball ■4 ■ p.m. Jan. 26 - at George Mason ■4 ■ p.m. Jan. 27 - at Ball State Men’s Tennis ■11 ■ a.m. Jan. 27 - at South Florida ■11 ■ a.m. Jan. 28 - at Florida/ South Alabama Men’s Golf ■Jan. ■ 29-30 - host Waves Challenge Lane represents her country in Scotland race Malibu runner nabs seventhplace finish in 4K event Staff Report Malibu High School runner Claudia Lane took her talents overseas Jan. 13 to compete in the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry competition in Scotland. The outcome was a 14 minute, 30 second finish in the 4-kilometer race for women 17 and under. According to event results, Lane claimed seventh place, and was the secondbest U.S. runner in her bracket. Kelsey Chmiel, a junior from Saratoga Springs, NY, took first place with a time of 14:10. Other finishers ahead of Lane were: Mariana Machado, of Europe, at 14:13; Jasmijn Lau, of Europe at 14:13; Cari Hughes, of Great Britain, at 14:19; Khahisa Mhlanga, of Great Britain, at 14:22; and Niamh Brown, of Great Britain, at 14:22. The U.S. took second place in the event, with 27 points, compared to Great Britain’s 26 points. Europe had 30 points. In the competition as a whole, Europe took first place with 137 points, Great Britain had 182 points and the U.S. had 190 points. Sports Briefs Little League tryouts slated for this Sunday Malibu Little League Softball will hold evaluations for player ages 7-12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Malibu High School (30215 Morning View Drive). Interested players must wear cleats or sneakers. It is also recommended to bring water and softball pants. Gloves, bats and helmets are also recommended, though the league will have some available to loan. Shorts and open-toed shoes are not allowed. Register at www.MalibuLittleLeague.org, or contact PlayMalibuSoftball@gmail.com or (424) 234-1842. Sports Briefs are compiled by Editor Lauren Coughlin. Send submissions to lauren@malibus urfsidenews.com.

malibusurfsidenews.com Sports Malibu surfside news | January 25, 2018 | 27 Sharks meet their match in St. Bonaventure Ryan Flynn Freelance Reporter This one just felt like a big game. For starters, it was Friday night. The gym was packed. St. Bonaventure’s fans had traveled, and the Sharks’ faithful turned out in force, packing into the bleachers tight as sardines. Even the junior varsity game, which went to overtime, had the crowd in a frenzy. The main event on Jan. 19 lived up to the billing. The Sharks ultimately came up short, losing 68-56 on their home floor thanks in large part to nine missed free throws and one costly technical foul. The reason for all the pregame hype had everything to do with the opponent. To call St. Bonaventure the class of the Tri-Valley League would be an understatement. The school is a basketball juggernaut. They haven’t lost a league game in three years: going 36-0 against Tri-Valley opponents in that span. They entered Friday’s matchup riding a seven-game winning streak, looking to cruise through league play like they always do. But these aren’t the same old Sharks. Malibu entered the game on a five-game winning streak of their own. They most recently beat a strong Van Nuys team and then took down Nordhoff in a 72-29 rout that looks like a typo. It’s the most balanced team Malibu has seen in years and almost certainly the most talented. Coach Richard Harris said in advance of the game that Corey II Cofield goes for a slam dunk Friday, Jan. 19, as Malibu High School hosts St. Bonaventure. he was interested to see how his guys measured up against what will likely be the strongest team they’ll see all season. The Sharks were the aggressors early. They immediately played a full-court press on defense, bothering the ball-handlers and causing a few early turnovers. Seniors Dylan Hicks and Jake Hughes were hot from three-point range early and the Sharks led for most of the first quarter. They went into the break up 16-13. Eventually though, the Seraph attack wore the Sharks down. Whereas every key Malibu player has a unique skill set — from Hughes’ ace shooting to Anthony Chandrasena’s passing and leadership to Corey Cofield’s ability to get buckets — the Seraphs all look and play similar. Nearly the entire roster seems to be composed of athletic forwards over sixfeet tall who can shoot and run on the break. St. Bonaventure began to adjust to the Malibu press, playing fast and forcing turnovers. Meanwhile, Malibu’s shooters began to go cold and the normally unstoppable Cofield had trouble finding his shot. St. Bonaventure put two of their bigger defenders on Cofield for most of the game. Cofield, who averages around 20 points a game, finished with 13. “They took our main scorers away and they made our other scorers score,” Harris said. “We gotta go back to the drawing board. When you want to beat the best you’ve got to attack and you’ve got to be flawless. “Can’t miss 10 free throws, can’t get technical fouls, can’t get caught up in stupid stuff, can’t be worried about the crowd. I think next time we play them we’ll be a much better version of ourselves.” The Sharks went into the fourth quarter down by 10, but a spark from bench player Canaan Wilson nearly brought them back. The bruising center was a force on both ends, scoring on post-ups and deterring shots on defense. The Sharks cut the lead to just Jake Hughes lines up a shot Friday, Jan. 19, in Malibu. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media three points, trailing 48-45 with six minutes left. Then the wheels fell off. Chandrasena was called for a foul and then began jawing at another player. The referees called a technical on the senior point guard, giving the Seraphs three shots and the ball. Just like that, the momentum had flipped. “He got a block, he did a little too much on the block and then he got amped up afterward,” Harris said. “He won’t get that again. He’s a good kid. You know, I’ve played hoops. I know sometimes you get caught up in the moment. “I think that was a mistake we couldn’t afford to have and he apologized right away: he was like ‘coach, that’s my bad.’ So, he understands. That did hurt us, though.” After that, it was all Seraphs. They closed out the game on a 20-11 run in the last six minutes. The loss put Malibu at 8-2 and 4-1 in league play, which is easily the best start the team has had in years. They will get one more crack at St. Bonaventure in a road matchup on Feb. 7. It is the second-to-last game of the regular season. “I’m not that mad, I’m not that disappointed,” Harris said. “I think this game was a good learning experience for the playoffs because we haven’t had a lot of games like this. I can see the things that they did and where we can get better.”