There were plenty of questions going in, but South Pasadena High’s water polo team quickly answered them as the Tigers rolled to a 10-6 win over Laguna Beach Wednesday afternoon in CIF-SS first round playoff action.
The Tigers entered the contest knowing little about their opponent, outside of the fact the visiting Breakers were 13-14 overall on the season.
“We had no previous scouting report on this team,” explained South Pasadena High coach Michael Gonzales. “The guys were very smart and composed, recognized what they wanted to work for and made the adjustments.”
To win the CIF crown, Gonzales knows his club must win the next four, starting with a game on Saturday afternoon against Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach.
“They’re one of the frontrunners this year to win CIF,” said the Tigers’ coach. “We have our hands full.”
A familiar but tough foe Gonzales said his club will need to come up with one of its better games to get past Mira Costa.
South Pas, seemingly in control from the start, held three-goal lead at the have and increased it to four going into the final period.
The Tigers always expect a top performance out of their co-captain Pierce Deamer and they got it from the senior co-captain, who scored four goals on the day.
Adrian Suarez was also difficult to stop, knocking in four goals while Brandon Huff and Ryan Rodriguez both had one.
South Pasadena goalie Will Renken came up with one of his best efforts of the season, noted the coach, who praised the work of the entire defense for limiting the breakers to a half dozen goals.
Derrick Kwock, Ryan Rodriguez and Andrew Wright were all signaled out by their coach for outstanding play.
“Everyone played well on defense,” said Gonzales. “It was a collective effort.
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