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Gaia Hinds (right) prepares to shoot over an Oxnard defender. Photos by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Raine Murray holds off an Oxnard defender.
Sophie Spivack passes over an Oxnard defender.
Sophie Spivack (left) battles with an Oxnard player to maintain possession. Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
1:38 pm PST December 2, 2014

It wasn’t the sweetest way for Malibu’s girls water polo program to open its season, but a 17-8 defeat dealt by Oxnard wasn’t met without optimism and forward thinking.

“I didn’t know what expect, but we put 8 in on this team with only one full solid practice in the deep end,” said coach Hayden Goldberg, whose team is essentially brand new after graduating five seniors at the end of last season.