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JC water polo: Southwestern involved in pair of exciting OT contests Phillip Brents | Fri, Oct 19 2012 01:18 PM

A rare event took place Oct. 10 as Southwestern’s men’s and women’s water polo teams both had games decided in overtime.

In the preliminary women’s match-up, San Diego Mesa secured a 12-11 victory on Torrey Orenelas’ goal with six seconds left in the second OT period.

The men’s game proved just as exciting, as Mesa forced overtime on a goal at the buzzer, though SWC fought back to claim a 17-16 victory.

The win over the Olympians was the first in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play for the Jaguars this season as well as the first against Mesa in the three-year tenure of Southwestern coach Jorge Ortega.

“What makes me feel so good is not that we won our first conference game but that our sophomores finally got a win against Mesa,” Ortega said.

Rodrigo Perez (Hilltop) scored the deciding goal with 46 seconds left in the second overtime period. Justin Patacsil (Mar Vista) took the initial shot — a point-blank blast — that caromed off the Mesa goalie straight to Perez, who quickly put it into an empty cage.

Patacsil led SWC (1-3 in conference, 10-8 overall) with six goals in the game while Manny Gambino (Chula Vista) scored four times. Perez had three goals while Ian Muhlbach (Eastlake) and Dane Schmidt (Bonita Vista) each scored twice. Rhett Pitcock, who made several critical saves both late in regulation and in the OT session, was credited with nine saves.

The Jaguars trailed 11-6 at one point but rallied to tie the game at 11-all on the strength of five unanswered goals.

The Southwestern women’s team forced overtime in its game as Mariela Rodriguez (Otay Ranch) scored with two seconds left to knot the score at 9-9. But Mesa rattled off the first two goals in OT, forcing the hosts to retaliate on goals by Alex Arambula (Otay Ranch) and Lauren Broyles (Bonita Vista) to level the score at 11-11 with 1:33 to play in the overtime.

Broyles led SWC (1-4 in conference, 2-11 overall) with seven goals.

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