CdM chases crown

Boys' Water Polo

Junior Reid Chase scores game-winning goal as Sea Kings outlast Wilson in overtime, advances to S&R Sport Cup semis.

October 07, 2011|By Matt Szabo

IRVINE — Reid Chase is one of the steals leaders for the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team.

Chase, a junior, had four more thefts in the Sea Kings' S&R Sport Cup tournament quarterfinal against Long Beach Wilson on Friday.

He scored just one goal, but it was the one that made sure Wilson wouldn't steal one from CdM.

Chase scored on a post-up from about five meters with 56 seconds left in the second overtime, helping the Sea Kings prevail, 11-10, in the wild game at Woollett Aquatics Center.


Corona del Mar (10-2) plays Coronado in a tournament semifinal Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at Woollett. Newport Harbor and Los Alamitos play in the other semifinal; the championship game is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

The Sea Kings still have a chance to make it there after Chase's deciding goal. Coach Barry O'Dea said he brought him in to post up since Wilson's strong set defender, Jackson Kimbell, was guarding CdM's leading scorer Ben Zepfel.

"We had an opportunity to bring Reid in on a post-up, which was effective for us early in the game," O'Dea said. "It worked out for us again there at the end. That was a good shot from him."

The Sea Kings, the top-ranked defending CIF Southern Section Division II champions, beat Wilson (No. 3 in Division II) for the second time this year. It almost didn't happen after they blew an 8-5 lead headed into the fourth quarter, and a 9-7 lead with a minute to go in regulation.

But CdM never trailed the game, which was played with regulation rules of two three-minute overtime periods. Senior Wesley Sherburne scored his only goal of the game with 2:37 left in the first overtime, giving the Sea Kings a 10-9 lead.

Wilson earned a penalty shot with 1:16 left in the second overtime. Kimbell scored it to tie the score again, before Chase scored on the Sea Kings' next possession.

Corona del Mar then survived a Long Beach Wilson power play on a save from senior goalie A.J. Santa Maria (11 saves), and ran the clock out.

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