Kaplanyan scored as time expired in regulation to give the Tornadoes a 14-13 first-round win against Walnut. He then scored on a final shot at the buzzer to force overtime before scoring the match-winning goal in overtime to dispatch Palm Desert. He had 10 goals in the match.
"Getting to the semifinals is a huge thing for us," Kaplanyan said. "I was confident I could finish both matches and help our team move on.
"I expect Poly to double-team me. I know [Katsuyama] has been scouting a lot of our matches. I don't know what kind of defense they will throw at me, but my teammates and I have to be there for each other."