Patrick Henry goalkeeping plays a key role
San Diego Section Division II boys water polo final
After making 21 saves and even assisting on two overtime goals, Patrick Henry sophomore goalie Tanner Furtak finished holding the ball with a boys water polo championship in hand.
The sixth-seeded Patriots secured the San Diego Section Division II title with a 13-10 overtime victory over Eastlake in their first final at La Jolla High on Saturday.
“This feels great. We worked hard,” said Furtak, in his first full season as a starter. “Overtime, that’s when we come in clutch. When the pressure’s on, we play better.”
Henry (21-8), which also prevailed in overtime in the semifinals, mounted a 4-1 edge in the two required extra periods.
“To get it in such a dramatic way is amazing,” said junior Alex Wenzel, who led the Patriots with six goals.
Wenzel followed up with a goal of his own after his twin brother, Austin, opened the OT scoring.
Senior James Derrod made 11 saves for the No. 8 Titans (16-14) to extend his section record to 1,262 for his career.
Alex Wenzel converted with 1:01 left in regulation to force overtime. Earlier, with 2:50 to go, Eastlake’s Eli Stewart scored his fourth goal for a 9-8 edge.
None of the top-three seeded teams advanced past the quarterfinals in this wacky division.
The Titans played in their first final since 2015.
Thien is a freelance writer.