(Norwalk, CA) The Mt. SAC Men's Water Polo Team came oh so close to advancing to the South Coast Conference Championship game on Saturday, but eventually fell to Cerritos College, 5-4 on Thursday in a semifinal game at Cerritos College.
The Mounties (21-8) defeated El Camino earlier in the day, 11-10 in overtime to advance to the semifinal against Cerritos.
"That was a tough one," said Mt. SAC Water Polo coach Marc Ruh, referring to the one-goal setback to Cerritos. The Mounties will play Chaffey College for third place on Saturday November 3. Game time is set for 1:30 pm at Cerritos College.
Mt. SAC 11, El Camino 10, OT
In the quarterfinal game against El Camino, the Mounties scored a late goal in the second period of overtime to pull out the victory.
With forty nine seconds left, driver Christian Lopez took a pass from goalie Jake Simmons and gave Mt. SAC an 11-10 lead. The Warriors had the ball with twenty seconds left and a chance to tie the game, but driver Aidan O'Neill stole the ball and the Mounties ran out the clock for the win.
Cerritos 5, Mt. SAC 4
In a low-scoring, defensive game, Mt. SAC trailed 5-2 early in the third period and scored twice in the fourth on goals by O'Neill (Cueva assisted) at 7:24 and attacker Noah Slack (Brokaw) at 5:35 to trail, 5-4.
The Mounties kept the pressure on but couldn't come up with the tying goal to advance to the championship game.
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