In a game that featured multi-goal runs for each team as well as a goal-trading flurry, Coronado (8-5) utilized an organized offensive effort to stave off the visiting Poway Titans (12-3), who came into the game with only two losses on the season.
Coronado sophomore Timothy Ferrar got the scoring going just three minutes into the game, which started a 3-0 run for the Islanders. Ferrar followed his goal by finding senior captain Kyle Anderson cutting the crease for the 2-0 lead and scoring another one off of a nice cross-field assist from fellow sophomore Micah Rickard to make it 3-0 Coronado.
Coronado sophomore goalie Easton Gormican made several key stops in the first quarter, including one right on the doorstep, to keep the Titans scoreless through the first stanza.
Poway did not stay quiet for long as they went on a four-goal tear of their own after the break. Junior Zach Hodge cashed in on a man-up opportunity from the top of the box, firing a bouncer into the net just a minute and a half into the quarter. A goal from junior Cole Landolt cut the deficit to one before Poway junior LSM Jake Fiske caused a turnover at midfield, picked up the ground ball and finished the fast break by firing a laser over Gormican from 15 yards out to tie it up. Hodge then scored his second of the night on a strong left-handed dodge for Poway’s first lead of the night.
Coronado pushed back with 6:51 left in the half, as Rickard made some great moves in the alley to free up Anderson on the crease for an easy goal to make it 4-4. Poway’s Hodge didn’t seem to mind, as he let a bouncer fly from 13 yards out to regain the lead with 4 minutes left in the half, earning a first-half hat trick.
Coronado freshman Jacob Brophy found senior captain Michael Rodriguez for his first of the night to knot it up at 5 before Poway sophomore Owen Springett got on the board to end the half with the Titans up 6-5.
The home team came out of halftime with serious conviction, making another 3-0 run in the third period. Just 40 seconds into the second half, Coronado’s Rodriguez ripped an absolute stinger that went bar-down and energized the Islander bench. 6-6.
Minutes later, Coronado’s middies forced a turnover during a Poway clear that turned into a fast-break goal for Ferrar, earning him the hat trick. 7-6 Coronado. With the Islanders riding the momentum and continuing to apply pressure, Poway junior goalie Jacob Butler made an incredible one-on-none save on a fast break, but a hard ensuing ride by Coronado ended in a goal for the Islanders and an 8-6 Coronado lead.
The Titans, held scoreless for yet another entire quarter, picked things up in the fourth quarter. Hodge earned his fourth goal of the night on a stick-side effort to make it 8-7 early in the quarter.
Minutes later, Gormican made one of the most important plays of the night, robbing the Titans of a goal by making a fantastic save on a failed clear while running back into the cage. Poway, however, found a way to score the next goal a few minutes later. An excellent timeout by coach Zack Burke resulted in sophomore Nicholas Beeson beating a double team on the restart for an athletic solo effort, tying the game at 8 with five minutes to go.
The nail in the coffin came from Coronado freshman Nicholas DeMaio, after collecting a rebound from a great save by Butler out on the low wing and firing it back at him stick side high for the lead with just one minute remaining.
A final takeaway by the Islander defense behind their own goal sealed the 9-8 Coronado win.
Ferrar, who ended the day with four points on a hat trick and an assist, led Coronado in points. Hodge’s four-goal effort paced the Titans.