IRVINE — El Toro High senior goalie Garrett Danner called it a risk.
Newport Harbor Coach Robert Lynn called it a gamble.
When Danner came out of the cage in the closing seconds of Wednesday night's CIF Southern Section Division I semifinal match, there were two possible outcomes.
The first was that the Sailors' Dan Stevens would beat Danner in the closing seconds for the second time this year, possibly forcing overtime. The second was that Danner would steal the ball, helping ensure a Chargers victory.
El Toro Coach Don Stoll has called Danner the best goalie he's had in a coaching career that spans more than four decades. His senior came up with a clutch play.
Danner stole the ball with 12 seconds left as El Toro hung on to end the Sailors' season, 10-9, at Woollett Aquatics Center.