Saturday, October 21, 2017
Grossmont High School
Valhalla High School
OMG What a final for the San Diego Open, featuring two each county teams that know each other very well. Friendly league rivals Valhalla and Grossmont. And what a game they delivered. An incredibly exciting game that was not decided until the final second of the 3rd overtime. The teams traded leads several times during the game, but neither could get more than a 2 goal lead. At the end of regulation when all the dust settled it was the Hiller’s 9, the Norsemen 9. In overtime each team scored twice to take the game into sudden death overtime. Each team had their opportunity during the period, but it was an exciting outside the 5m line shot that ricochet off the bar and off the goalie and then finally into the cage by Higginson that gave the Norsemen their first San Diego Open win in over 20 years. It was pretty much a one man scoring show by Andrew Higginson who scored a whopping 10 goals in the game, even though he was double teamed most of the game. Woody Kueber put in the other 2 goals. And out standing passing by teammates Sange, Romero, Kueber, Ramey, and Pyjar all assisting on goals. Sange had 11 saves in cage, but it was his buddy field blockers that were amazing. Kueber, Higginson, Ramey, Nordquist, and Pyjar all assisting Sange by making critical field blocks on Grossmont’s shooters. They combined to help Sange by making 8 blocks on Grossmont’s shooters. The 8 blocks is 1 block short of the school record, but an amazing feat anyway. This was one of the most exciting games I have ever been a part of in my 33 years of coaching, and it was a thriller. It was also a special final, as it was the first time two east county teams faced off against each other in the finals. More power to us in the east county, and lets hope it continues.
Coach Houston and Coach Mitchell are so proud of this team and its accomplishments.
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