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Feb 12, 2013 11:58 PM by Andrew Masuda

Greyhounds win CIF playoff opener, advance to Wednesday's first round

Rachel Gruetzmacher and Mahreya Kelly scored three goals apiece to lead the Atascadero High girls water polo team to a 7-4 win over Etiwanda in a C.I.F. Division 3 wildcard match on Tuesday. The game was played at Arroyo Grande High School.

The Greyhounds improved to 14-11 overall and play at top-ranked and 22-7 Harvard Westlake, the Mission League champions, in Wednesday's first round.

The Hounds fell behind 2-0 with 2:16 to go in the opening period. Kelly fired in Atascadero's first goal of the game about a minute later as the Hounds trailed by one to open the second quarter. Gruetzmacher rifled one by the Etiwanda goalie about halfway through the second to tie the game at 2-2. A few minutes later, Claire Leong gave Atascadero the lead for good with her only goal of the game to make it 3-2. Kelly added another to provide a 4-2 Atascadero lead at the break.

Gruetzmacher sent one to the back of the cage in the third to give Atascadero a 5-3 lead going into the final period.

The win was the program's first postseason win in two years and second in the last twelve years.

THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE, FIRST ROUND
Div.3
RIGHETTI (17-11) @ Upland (21-8), 3:15 pm
Claremont (4-4) @ #6 ARROYO GRANDE (23-7), 4 pm
PASO ROBLES (19-10) @ #2 Los Osos (19-10), 3:30 pm
ATASCADERO (14-11) @ #1 HArvard-Westlake (21-7)
Div. 5
SANTA YNEZ (14-11) @ Arlington (8-8), 3:15 pm
Burroughs (13-9) @ CABRILLO (18-7), 3 pm

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