Aidan Lee tied the game with 18 seconds left and Alex Horowitz delivered the winner in overtime to lead No. 2 Loyola to a l 13-12 over No. 3 Foothill on Saturday at Tustin High School. The win also gives head coach Jimmy Borell his victory as a Cub.
Lee, Horowitz, and Owen Gaffney each had three goals for Loyola while Matt Garvey scored two goals. Robert Roges and Hudson O’Hannlon had one goal apiece for the Cubs.
The game was tight throughout with numerous lead changes and ties. Loyola scored first but then had trouble getting the ball past Joey Garcia (12 saves on the night) for the rest of the quarter, and Foothill was able to build a 4-2 Q1 lead behind goals two goals from Hofer and one apiece from Easton Babb and Dean Pistone (3g).
The Cubs picked up some momentum in the second quarter and reclaimed the lead at 5-4, only to see it vanish after Cumming scored to knot the score up at 5-5. Lee then gave the lead back to Loyola, Hofer tied it up, and Garvey scored again to end the half 7-6 in favor of Loyola.
Loyola scored the first two goals of the second half courtesy of Gaffney and O’Hannlon to open up its biggest lead of the game at 9-6 at the 10:09 mark. Cumming scored for the Knights to trim the lead down to 9-7, but Roges’ goal had the Cubs leading 10-7 entering the final quarter.
Foothill opened the fourth quarter by scoring four straight goals, with the fourth one being a man-up, taking the lead at 11-10 at the 4:11 mark. But almost a minute later, Horowitz was there to tie it up at 11-11.
The Knights retook the lead at 12-11 off of a goal from Cumming and also was a man up after a Loyola slashing penalty. But the Cubs were able to kill the penalty and eventually found Lee for the equalizer with 18 seconds left, setting up the overtime period, where Horowitz won it for them at the 1:56 mark.
Up next for Loyola (1-0), a road game against St.Ignatius Prep on Friday at 3 p.m. For Foothill (2-1), its next game is at San Clemente on Thursday at 7 p.m.