Late goal lifts Royal

first_img Although the game was tighter than the previous matchup between the Div. IV top-10 teams, Agoura was far from satisfied. The Chargers squandered an early 3-1 lead and trailed 6-4 by halftime. “I think we were a little surprised ourselves to be up two goals on a team like this, and maybe we let up a little,” Agoura coach Dusty Litvak said. Among the positives for the Chargers was the play of backup goalkeeper Daniel Rozzen. The senior made 10 saves after entering the game at the beginning of the second quarter. “I’m very impressed with the way he played,” Litvak said, noting that nothing was wrong with staring goalkeeper Ryan Paris. Danny Polyakov, Cameron Milani and Brian Gross added goals for Agoura. Barry Snyder and Ben Cobb added goals for Royal, which faces another challenge today in a nonleague game against Buena of Ventura. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In recent practices, Royal blocked off portions of its pool to prepare for the contest in a narrow Agoura pool known for limiting offenses. The Highlanders adapted well and used a stingy defense to take away Agoura’s home-pool advantage, preventing the Chargers shooting from the perimeter. “Defense was the key for us,” Snyder said. “That, and (goalkeeper) Matt Lewis had a tremendous game.” Lewis finished with eight saves. McClure, Adam Thomas and Blake Hubble scored two goals each for Royal. Alex Thompson scored four goals for Agoura, netting all three of the team’s second-half goals. Agoura, which entered the final quarter trailing by two, had tied the score just 12 seconds before McClure fired in the game’s final shot. A penalty gave the Chargers the ball with 21 seconds remaining, but the Highlanders stole it back to preserve the win. “We just dodged a bullet,” Royal coach Steve Snyder said. “We know we’re lucky. We know this is one of the most difficult pools to play in.” center_img AGOURA HILLS – Tyler McClure scored with 1 minute, 39 seconds remaining to give visiting Royal of Simi Valley’s boys’ water polo team an 8-7 victory Tuesday over Agoura, putting the Highlanders in prime position to repeat as Marmonte League champions. Royal (16-4 overall, 5-0 Marmonte) is the league’s only team this season to beat Agoura (12-3, 3-2), and both times McClure provided the deciding goal. last_img read more

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