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Fantastic finish for Crescenta Valley polo in win over Prep

Water polo: Falcons score three unanswered goals late to hand Rebels 11-8 nonleague defeat.

October 28, 2013|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan

PASADENA — Monday's nonleague contest was exactly the type of match the Crescenta Valley and Flintridge Prep boys' water polo teams were expecting when they scheduled a nonleague contest just days before their own crucial league showdowns.

It featured stellar defense by the Falcons in the second quarter.

It included a surprising rally by the Rebels in the third quarter.

And the match had a fantastic finish.

A fantastic finish for the Falcons, that is.

The Falcons broke a tie score with three unanswered goals to defeat the Rebels, 11-8, on Monday at Pasadena City College, a day before the Falcons begin the Pacific League preliminaries and two days before Flintridge Prep resumes Prep League play against rival Pasadena Poly.

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Even though the Rebels (11-10) lost, they knew they were bested by a better team, according to the CIF Southern Section Division V rankings. Prep is the 10th-ranked team in the division, and the Falcons (15-7) are tied for second.

"This gives us a look at a top-level team," Rebel Coach Dan Hare said. "It reminded us that on any given day, when we execute, we can compete against anybody."

The Rebels pushed the Falcons.

The score was tied at 3 after the first quarter, as six players scored, with the Rebels' John Treinen scoring with 27 seconds to play in the first quarter to tie it.

Treinen's score would be the Rebels' last in the first half.

Nate Fernandez, Brandon Fernandez and Trevor Goddard each scored in the second quarter to give the Falcons a 6-3 halftime lead.

"We're a team that has put away some goals," Hare said. "Some mental mistakes in the second quarter were magnified. We're an offensive-minded team that wasn't able to score. That is an attribute of their defense."

Falcons Coach Jan Sakonju has built a defensive-minded team.

"That's where our team success has come from," Sakonju said.

Added Goddard: "We try to put defense first and push the counter."

Goddard also admitted that his team started "slowing down" in the third quarter.

After Daniel Park scored on a rebound to give the Falcons a 7-3 lead, Crescenta Valley "slacked off," according to Fernandez.

The Falcons' lapses allowed the Rebels to score four unanswered goals, one apiece from Jamie Walker, Ethan Vandeventer, Diego Delgado and Treinen. Delgado's score with 4:58 remaining in the third quarter snapped a scoreless streak of nine minutes.

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