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VC boys water polo team earns No. 6 seed in CIF playoffs after double-overtime win



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rock Daugherty winds up for a shot against San Pasqual. Photos courtesy of Sharon Trok
November 13, 2013
With the season coming quickly to a close, the Valley Center varsity boys water polo team pulled together for an impressive overtime win to round out the regular season.

The Jaguars finished off the schedule with a match against San Pasqual, and after going to double overtime, they got the "golden goal" from David Trok to beat the Eagles 15–14.

The Jags had a slow start, scoring one goal and allowing two for San Pasqual. The Jags scored two goals in the second but allowed three to trail 5–3 at half.

The Jaguars made a run in the third, scoring two goals and allowing none, to tie the game heading into the fourth.

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Valley Center had a solid fourth quarter, scoring five goals and taking the lead with minimal time left.

But on a questionable call, San Pasqual was awarded the ball with three seconds to play. After a timeout, the Eagles were able to convert on a shot to tie the game at ten and send it to overtime.

Overtime rules allow for a pair of three-minute quarters, and if the game is still tied, then the "golden goal" rule comes into effect, meaning the next goal wins.

Both teams scored one goal in the first overtime period and added three more in the second overtime period, bringing in the golden goal rule.

In double overtime, David Trok came through with a goal on an assist from Will Russell to win the game for Valley Center.

"This was a great win for the guys as we were without team captain Paul Schaner due to an injury sustained in the Torrey Pines game," Valley Center head coach Kyle Kline said. "The guys really stepped up and battled hard. This team never gives up and they really showed a ton of heart and determination. We had key goals, an amazing game from goalie Gavin Marcon, and a breakthrough game from Junior Ryan Semon."

Luke Marshall had a great game with six goals, six steals, and one exclusion. David Trok was outstanding with four goals, including the game-winner, three assists, four steals, and two exclusions. Ryan Semon stepped up big time with three goals, and three assists. Brock Daugherty had a good game with two goals, two assists, five blocks, and one exclusion. Will Russell had a good game with four assists, and two steals. Jared Schaner had one assist. Tim Sheehy had one assist. Gavin Marcon had a huge game with 20 goal saves, and one steal.

Earlier in the week, the Jaguars took on Torrey Pines at UCSD and couldn't overcome an early deficit to take a 12–10 loss.

Torrey Pines took an early 3–0 lead after the first, but the Jags bounced back in the second, scoring four goals and allowing one, to tie the game at halftime.

Torrey Pines scored two goals in the third and allowed one for the Jags, giving the Falcons a 6–5 lead heading into the fourth. The Jags were able to score five goals in the fourth, but allowed six to suffer the two-goal loss.

"We had a slow start in the first quarter, digging a bit of a hole," Coach Kline said. "The guys had a solid second quarter and a great fourth quarter offensively but broke down defensively. We also missed some shots along the way but the guys never give up and put out a solid effort."

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

With the regular season now over, the Jaguars earned the No. 6 seed in CIF Division III and will have played La Jolla Country Day at Del Norte High School on Wednesday.

If the Jags advance, they will play at La Jolla on Saturday morning.

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