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Jaguars survive two overtime games to win three of first five in water polo



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Paul Schaner helped lead the Jaguars to three wins in their first five water polo games this season. Photo by Dan Kidder/ Valley Roadrunner
September 10, 2013
The Valley Center varsity boys water polo team kicked off the 2013 season with a bang, as they pulled out a pair of overtime wins on the way to winning three of the first five games and taking 11th place out of 32 teams in the Poway Invitational.

The Jaguars opened on Thursday with an overtime victory against Fallbrook to begin the season and the tournament, which was played at Westview High School.

The Jags had a bit of a slow start giving up two goals but were able to earn two back to tie the game after the first. Both teams again earned two goals for a score of 4–4 at half. For another quarter both teams matched goals at two each for a 6–6 knot after three quarters. At the end of regulation the game was again even with a score of 9–9, sending it into overtime.

The Jags knew the sprint was crucial. Luke Johnson won the sprint and drove to the goal after passing the ball off. Marshall took a pass back and he was able to convert on the shot for the win.

Paul Schaner had a huge game with six goals, one steal, and one exclusion. Brock Daugherty had a good game with two goals, one steal, and one exclusion, including the goal to tie the game near the end of regulation. Luke Marshall had a solid game with the game winning goal, three assists, and six steals. David Trok had a great game with one goal, four assists, and one exclusion. Will Russell had one block. Freshman Jared Schaner had one assist, one steal, and one exclusion. Gavin Marcon had a great game with six goal saves.

Valley Center continued play in the Poway Invitational on Friday with two games.

The first game was against Rancho Buena Vista and suffered a 14–9 loss.

The Jags were able to earn three goals in the first but gave up four. Both teams earned two goals in the second giving RBV a one goal advantage at half. RBV had a solid second half earning eight goals, with the Jags earning four, giving RBV the win.

"This was a tough game and we made a few defensive mistakes, especially in the second half, giving RBV the advantage," Head Coach Kyle Kline said. "The guys hung tough and did not give up."

Paul Schaner had four goals, one assist, two steals, one block, and two exclusions. Luke Marshall had four goals, two assists, two steals, one block, and two exclusions. David Trok had two goals, two assists, three steals, one block. Jared Schaner had one goal, one assist. Brock Daugherty had three assists, one steal, one exclusion, and two penalty shots. Gavin Marcon had six goal saves.

The second game of the day was against San Pasqual. The Jags were pumped up for this game and it showed in how they played, as they rolled to a 14–7 win.

VC took an early 4–3 lead in the first quarter. The Jags were able to put away four more goals in the second allowing three to take an 8–6 lead at half. The Jags came out strong in the third earning three goals, holding SP scoreless to lead 11–6 heading into the fourth. The Jags again were able to earn three goals in the fourth, allowing only one to take a solid win.

"The guys played a solid four quarters with authority and our fitness and speed made a difference in the game," Coach Kline said.

Luke Marshall had a big game with six goals, two assists, four steals, one block, and one exclusion. Paul Schaner had a great game with four goals, one block, and two penalty shots. David Trok had two goals, one assist, two steals. Ryan Semon had one goal. Brock Daugherty had two assists and one exclusion. Tim Sheehy had one assist, two steals. Nathan Leader had one exclusion. Will Russell had one assist and a great defensive game. Jared Trok had one assist, and one exclusion.

The first game Saturday was against Patrick Henry, and despite taking an early lead, the Jaguars suffered an 11–7 loss.

The Jags had a good start earning three goals, allowing two. Patrick Henry came back in the second earning five goals allowing only two for the Jags giving PH a 7–5 advantage at half.

PH again outscored the Jags earning three allowing two to take a 10–7 lead heading into the fourth. The Jags were unable to convert offensively in the fourth and allowed one goal giving PH an 11–7 win.

"This was a tough game for the guys as broke down defensively in the second quarter," Coach Kline said. "We were unable to turn things around after that quarter and PH controlled the game from that point on."

Paul Schaner had two goals, two steals, and two exclusions. Luke Marshall had two goals, two assists, two steals, and one exclusion. Brock Daugherty had a good game with two goals, three steals, and one block. David Trok had one goal, three assists, one block, and one exclusion. Will Russell had one steal. Jared Schaner had one assist. Gavin Marcon had a great game with 12 goal saves and two steals.

The final game of the tournament was against La Costa Canyon, and once again the Jaguars had to rally in overtime to take an 11–10 win.

The Jags again had a good start earning three goals allowing one. They followed it up with two more goals allowing one to take a 5–2 lead at half. LCC put in a solid third quarter earning four goals allowing one for the Jags, knotting the game at six heading into the fourth. LCC was able to take a two goal lead with minutes left in the game but the Jags were able to make a defensive change and were able to tie the game at the end of regulation at nine each.

On the final day of the tournament the rules state that overtime consists of two three minute quarters. The Jags were able to take a two goal lead giving up only one in the last minute of the game to take an 11–10 overtime victory.

"This was a battle for the entire game and I am proud of the guys for the determination they showed," Coach Kline said. "The officiating was questionable at best, and the guys kept battling when it did not look good with less than two minutes to play."

Luke Marshall had three goals, four assists, six steals, and one exclusion. Paul Schaner had three goals, one assist, one block, and three exclusions. David Trok had three goals, one steal, two blocks, and one key exclusion in overtime sending LCC's top scorer out of the game. Will Russell had a good game with two goals, one steal, and one exclusion. Brock Daugherty had one steal, one block, and one exclusion. Jared Schaner had two assists, one block. Gavin Marcon again had a great game with 15 goal saves, two assists, two steals.

"Overall, this was a great tournament for the team winning three of our five games and earning eleventh place," Coach Kline added. "The guys did a great job of rebounding after a tough loss to Patrick Henry to earn a hard fought win against La Costa Canyon. It was a great learning experience, and playing some tough Division I teams early in the season will only help us improve."

Valley Center's next game will be against Clairemont at Clairemont Recreation Center next Thursday at 3

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