Kobe Brown chose the biggest of moments to score his first goal of 2016. Brown’s goal with eight seconds left in the game lifted Poway to a dramatic 9-8 win over the Woodlands School (TX). Brown’s goal broke the eighth and final tie of a game that was so tightly contested that neither team ever led by more than one goal.
The contest pitted Woodlands’ lock-down defense against Poway’s high-powered offense. The defensive-minded Highlanders entered the game allowing an average of less than five goals per game while the Titans are scoring at a clip of 15 goals per game thus far. Through first three quarters, the pace of the game favored the Woodlands. After battling to a 4-4 tie through halftime,the Highlanders scored the only goal of the third quarter to take a 5-4 lead into the final 12 minutes.
Then within nine minutes to play LSM Jake Fiske tied the game and opened the floodgates. Less than a minute later, Brad Belasco supplemented his two first half goals and completed his hat trick (assist Zach Hodge) to put the Titans up 6-5. Woodlands tied the score at 6:05. Belasco added his fourth goal of the night, this time with an assist from Nick Beeson, to put Poway back in the lead with 4:30 to play. Woodlands tied the game with 2:14 to play. Jake Landon (assist Hodge) gave Poway an 8-7 lead with 1:22 to play. Woodlands bounced right back to tie the game with only 23 ticks left on the clock. Brown only needed 15 ticks to set off the celebration.
Belasco led the Titans with four goals. Harrison Greaves (1g, 1a), Beeson (1g, 2a ), Fiske (1g), Landon (1g), Brown (1g), Hodge (3a) and Owen Springett (1a) completed the Poway scoring.
Next up: Poway 3-0 host San Clemente (2-1) on Saturday.
— Poway Lacrosse (@PowayLacrosse) March 15, 2016