Mira Costa boys water polo finds a late spark to defeat Dana Hills and advance to CIF Division 2 final

IRVINE – – The Mira Costa children water polo team had not been ready to end this dance.

Getting in the fourth quarter the CIF Southern Area Department 2 semifinal Wednesday against Dana Hills, the Mustangs trailed by a goal and had just taped a scoreless third quarter at William Woollet Jr.

Aquatics Center.”We sort of shed ourselves in the 3rd quarter,” Mira Costa goalie Garrett Allen stated.

The Mustangs (21-6) collected yourself in the 4th, obtaining goals from Clayton Allen, Troy Gleason and A.J. Slater to conquer Dana Hills, 8-6, and also advance to Saturday’s last.

Mira Costa will certainly deal with Foothill in the last at Woollett. The beginning time will be introduced Thursday.

This will be the opening night in the finals for the Mustangs because 2013. Mira Costa beat Foothill 8-5 previously this season.

“We check out Phil Jackson, throughout the year, Sacred Hoops, as well as there’s a part in there where he discusses the love of the game and you wish to go on dancing,” Allen stated. “The video game is a dancing and also we just intend to go on dance. I enjoy this team.”

Mira Costa lost to Dana Hills when they satisfied earlier this season. Because video game, according to Train Jon Reichardt, no one for the Mustangs played their best.

This time around about, the Mustangs had a far better efficiency. Troy Gleason opened up the scoring with a goal off an outlet pass from Allen with 6:22 left in the first.

The teams were linked at 3-3 heading right into the 2nd. In the second, Clayton Allen racked up through a double group to give Mira Costa a 5-4 lead heading into halftime.

Dana Hills took its initial lead of the video game, 6-5, on consecutive goals from Ian Diamond as well as Adler Zachary.

Garrett Allen developed a set of essential saves for Mira Costa later in the 3rd to keep the rating at 6-5 heading right into the 4th.

“We played much better defense,” Reichardt said.

Clayton Allen connected the video game at 6-6 with 4:00 left as well as Gleason converted a penalty shot with 3:04 left that verified to be the winning objective for the Mustangs.

“It’s a circumstance where you do it in technique,” Reichardt stated. “You’re down by a goal, what do you need to do? You’re up by an objective, what do you have to do? We’re educated to do it.

“I thought we tired them out, truthfully.”

Reichardt attributed among Garrett Allen’s late third-quarter saves as a secret.

“That 6-on-5 save he had, right in the message, was a game-breaker because that would have placed them up by two as well as we came back off of that,” Reichardt stated. “They’ve tipped up … Clay (Clayton Allen) had the best game of his year. I believed (Troy) Gleason played respectable, Hudson (Carter) really did not have his best video game, yet that’s ALRIGHT, everyone else stepped up. Ryder (Theodore) scored a goal, Colin (Le), he ratings like one objective every couple of video games, so that was wonderful.”

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