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Water Polo Defeats Segerstrom 16-12 to Advance to the CIF Div 3 Finals!
Posted 11/07/2018 10:23PM


By Dan Albano
OCRegister.com

IRVINE – Servite's boys water polo team experienced the downside of a momentum shift last season in the CIF-SS Division 3 semifinals.

So the Friars didn't panic when another wave of energy began to build against them Wednesday.

Third-seeded Servite recovered from an early three-goal deficit in the Division 3 semifinals to collect a 16-12 victory against Segerstrom at Woollett Aquatics Center to reach its first section final since 2008.

Last season, Servite lost in the semifinals to Dos Pueblos after building an early lead.

"All of us were mad about not making it to the final last year, so we had that experience," said speedy Servite attacker Jack Dunbar, who scored six goals Wednesday. "We were in the same position last year.

"We went up four goals against Dos Pueblos and they came back and beat us. It was good to flip it this time."

Dunbar then netted the first goal of the third following a field block by center Guillermo Ocasio.

Servite's defense and the outlet passing of goalie Matthew Kuehl (eight saves) helped the Friars lead 13-8 going into the fourth and 16-10 after another counterattack strike by Dunbar with 3:14 left in the fourth.

Barajas scored the first three goals for Segerstrom (24-6), including two from center, to account for the 3-0 lead.

"We made the adjustment to start dropping back (on Barajas)," Dunbar said. "We got those steals and we just sprinted. We sprinted hard to get those goals. We didn't want to go out in this game again."

Barajas, a senior, finished with nine goals and drew five exclusions. Ocasio, Martinez and Thomas Williams each had three goals for the Friars, who last won CIF in 2005.

Dunbar then netted the first goal of the third following a field block by center Guillermo Ocasio.

Servite's defense and the outlet passing of goalie Matthew Kuehl (eight saves) helped the Friars lead 13-8 going into the fourth and 16-10 after another counterattack strike by Dunbar with 3:14 left in the fourth.

Barajas scored the first three goals for Segerstrom (24-6), including two from center, to account for the 3-0 lead.

"We made the adjustment to start dropping back (on Barajas)," Dunbar said. "We got those steals and we just sprinted. We sprinted hard to get those goals. We didn't want to go out in this game again."

Barajas, a senior, finished with nine goals and drew five exclusions. Ocasio, Martinez and Thomas Williams each had three goals for the Friars, who last won CIF in 2005.






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