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Water Polo Wins Overtime Thriller to Earn CIF Semifinal Berth
Posted 11/04/2017 04:33PM

Servite Water Polo won a thriller this afternoon defeating Woodbridge 10-9 in sudden death overtime to advance to the CIF Division 3 Semifinals!

Tied 8-8 at the end of regulation, the Warriors took the lead in the first overtime period but the Friars answered in the second as Peyton Carey scored the equalizer to knot it up, 9-9 with 20 seconds left on the clock. Woodbridge had a chance to answer but Jon Lien came up with the save to send the game to sudden death overtime.

Christian Martinez won the sprint for Servite but neither team was able to put the ball away on their opening possession. Back on the attack, the Friars moved the ball around before feeding it to Jack Dunbar who fired a shot from nearly mid court scoring the golden goal and clinching the victory for Servite.

It was close from the start as Guillermo Ocasio scored two quick goals for the Friars but Woodbridge responded netting three in a row to take a 3-2 advantage into the 2nd. The Warriors were looking at a two-goal lead headed to halftime but the Friars were down but not out. Carey came out of the break firing to bring Servite within one before Ocasio asserted his dominance with back-to-back goals to put the Friars back on top, 8-6.

Woodbridge then scored two in the 4th to tie it up and force overtime.

Ocasio finished with four goals on the day while Dunbar tallied three followed by Carey with two and Martinez with one. Lien had 12 saves in goal while Peterson recorded two steals.

The Friars will face Dos Pueblos in Wednesday's semifinal that will be played at William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine at 3:30pm. Adult admission is $10, students with ID are $5.

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