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Foothill Falls in Overtime in Water Polo

Times Staff Writer

Foothill High School’s water polo team pushed Long Beach Wilson to the limit Tuesday.

Using an aggressive style, Foothill took the No. 3-seeded Bruins to overtime at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.

In the end, though, the plan backfired and all that mattered was the length of Andy Bruce’s fingers.

Bruce, a junior goalie, made a last-second save to preserve a 12-11 victory that advanced Wilson into the Southern Section 4-A semifinals.

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Foothill (19-5) rallied from a 2-goal deficit to send the match into overtime. However, Wilson (17-2) took a 12-10 lead into the final minute of overtime on goals by Grant Bixby and Chi Kredell.

But the Knights came back again. Adam Musch took a pass from Craig Stuart and scored his fourth goal of the match with 41 seconds left in overtime.

A turnover by Wilson gave Foothill a chance to tie with 32 seconds left. The Knights ran the clock down and then worked a lob pass from Ron Scott to Musch, a play that had worked for two goals in the match.

However, Bruce, leaped high and managed to get a hand on Musch’s shot to deflect it down with 1 second left.

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“We had our opportunities,” Foothill Coach Jim Brumm said. “The shot was there, Wilson’s goalie just made a great play.”


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