Burroughs High Emanuella Nathan’s performance against Clairemont in a recent nonleague girls’ water polo match was something to behold.
Nathan, a junior goalie, collected 24 saves, including two over the final 10 seconds as the Indians turned away the visiting Chieftans 5-4.
“I’m very like dialed in,’’ said Nathan. “I’m trying to direct the defense. So that’s my job. I try to look at the ball and look around and to just keep an eye on things.’’
Nathan explained what she tries to do when a player is in front of her. “I look at the ball,’’ she said. “They throw me off with their eyes.’’
Nathan admitted this was an extraordinary effort. “This is probably one of my best out of high school so far,’’ she said. “I had a really good one last year. Definitely one of my best this year.’’
Senior Aleah Orozco chipped in with a match-best four goals, but the winning tally was senior Amy Berberyan’s with 2:26 left in the fourth quarter after the Indians led 3-1 at the half.
“We had a lot of doubt in the beginning considering this is a team from San Diego,’’ said Orozco. “I guess we came in just giving it our all. Emma brought our team together. She was amazing.’’
Burroughs Head Coach Jacob Cook liked what he saw in the team’s first win after losing the first two.
“Emma had a huge game. She was a major help on defense,’’ he said. “She saved us for sure. Aleah had a big game and Amy had the goal that put us up.’’
Clairemont’s Head Coach Joey Kienle was also impressed with Nathan. “We put 45 shots on the goal,’’ he said. “That goalie was the MVP today. It’s a young team and they’re still learning the game.’’
Kienle said his club, which is 0-1, is getting better. “We just gotta work on our offense,’’ he noted. “Our defense was great today. It’s early in the season. That’s why we came here.’’
The Chieftans were paced offensively by Ella Denny, who had three goals.