Once the fourth quarter started, Alex Musselman was under fire from all directions.
Musselman had "only" six saves entering that fourth quarter in a CIF Southern Section Division I semifinal match against Foothill on Feb. 23.
The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team eventually lost in overtime, 10-9, ending its season, but certainly not because of the play of its junior goalie. She turned into a wall, saving 12 shots over the final 13 minutes — including a penalty shot — to finish with a season-high 18 saves.
"We were running out of time," Musselman said. "I felt the pressure of having to step up, and I feel like I play really good under pressure."
Musselman was racking up saves faster than New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Foothill Coach Jeff Colton followed baseball protocol by tipping his cap after the match, calling Musselman the best goalie in high school girls' water polo.