The Beckman boys water polo team wound up in another double overtime thriller on the road, this time falling, 11-9, in the opening match-up of Pacific Coast League rivals.
It was a very close and physical match featuring two well-balanced teams. The score was tied at the end of each of the periods: 2-2 after the first, 4-4 at the half, and 5-5 after the third period; were it not for the spectacular play of Beckman’s senior goalie Matt Tran, the game would not even be this close. In the fourth period, things looked very promising for the Patriots as they began the period with three quick goals to take an 8-5 lead with 2:45 remaining in the game.
The wheels fell off for the Patriots as they committed several crucial turnovers. Woodbridge capitalized and scored three goals to knot up the game at 8-8 and head into overtime.
In the first OT period, Woodbridge scored first to take a 9-8 lead and held on to that until late in the period. Then, with just seconds left, Beckman Senior Aviv Zohman scored from close range, with his fourth goal of the game, to force a second OT. But in the second overtime period, turnovers plagued the Patriots again and they could not hold on, giving up two more goals.
Leading Beckman offensively were Zohman with four goals, and Senior Chase Himlerwith two goals. Rounding out the scoring for the Patriots with a goal apiece: Senior Travis Ruoff, Sophomore Elijah Clark, and Freshman Richie Yun. Senior Baylor Reynoso drew three exclusions to give the Patriots multiple 6 on 5 opportunities. Defensively, the Patriots were led by Tran with 11 saves and five steals, and Yun with three steals.
Beckman’s head coach Duje Grubisic knew from the start that…