The Arroyo Grande High boys water polo team took the No. 2 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs down to the wire, but lost 7-6 to Crescenta Valley on a last-minute goal Saturday in a quarterfinal match at Arroyo Grande.
Crescenta Valley’s Brandon Fernandez scored the go-ahead, and ultimately game-winning, goal with 16 seconds remaining for the Falcons (20-5).
The Eagles (16-12) had tied the score with 2:07 to play on a goal by Ethan Klemowicz.
“We knew this was going to be a good matchup for us,” Arroyo Grande head coach Steve Allen said. “We were able to hold in there. It was a well-played game all around, we just weren’t able to get the result we wanted.”
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Goalie Ethan Mankins made 11 saves for Arroyo Grande.
“He made some big saves in the third quarter to keep us in it and got us started on the counterattack,” Allen said.
The Eagles rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the second quarter to forge the tie late. Josh Smith scored three goals, and Ryan Hoover and Chase Taylor added a goal apiece for the Eagles, who reached the CIF-Southern Section division quarterfinals for the second consecutive season.
“We had a great season,” Allen said.