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Some of California’s best players teamed up with one another in the ADRLN All American game on Sunday at the Ford Center in Frisco, TX. In the end, the North narrowly escaped, beating the South 13-12 in overtime.

Kevin Groeninger (St.Margaret’s), Koa Todd (St.Margaret’s), Stu Pollard (St.Margaret’s), Holden Evans (Trabuco Hills) and Carson Spooner (Tesoro) represented Orange County while Tyler Bradbury (Oak Park), Mitch Myers (St.John Bosco), Logan Soelber (Crespi), Max Manyak (Oak Park) and Zach Tripp (Agoura) represented Los Angeles.

Eli Butler (Poway), Morgan Watson (La Jolla), Bradley Lienert (Torrey Pines), JJ Sillstrop (La Costa Canyon), Porter Hollen (Torrey Pines), Luke Mikolajewski (Torrey Pines), Oliver Miner (Cathedral), Wynton Bastion (La Jolla Country Day), Michael Mines (Torrey Pines), Shad Bruce (Torrey Pines), Colin O’Connor (La Costa Canyon), Andrew Bell (Coronado), Marco Napolitano (Torrey Pines) and Joe Walsh (Coronado) represented San Diego, accounting for 14 out of the 34 players on the South roster.

The game was played with four 15 minute running clock quarters and overtime was four minutes with the first goal wins rule.

The first three goals by the South were scored by players from the San Diego area being Butler, Pistorious and Lienhart. After Lienhart’s goal, the South added another goal from Bastion, giving the South led 4-2 after the opening quarter.

After Mark Stephens scored for the first goal of the second quarter for the North, a couple of Myers and Soelbers added goals for the South, boosting its lead up to 6-3. The two teams traded goals with Thomas Wiedringhaus of the North and Mikolajewski of the South doing so and the South went into halftime up 7-4.

The North began its comeback by scoring four out of the first five goals Courtesy of Robert Almand, Jake Taylor, Alex Slusher and Ross Scott, tying the game at 8-8 at the 9:31 mark thanks to Scott. The North took its first lead of the game thanks to Slusher scoring his second goal of the game 59 seconds after the equalizer.

Bradbury tied the game at 9-9, but the North regained the lead at 10-9 courtesy of Taylor. Pistorious scored the equalizer at the 2:55 mark, and suddenly the game was tied at 10-10 after three quarters.

Groeninger, the all-time leader in points in California, gave the South the lead at 11-10 with his first goal. Bradbury followed that up with a goal of his own at the 7:11 mark, giving the South a 12-10 lead.

Jack Goller of the North cut the South’s lead down to 12-11 at the 5:41, but after that goal, both teams struggled to find the back of the net again. Wiedringhaus tied the game at 12-12 with 56 seconds left in regulation, and eventually the two teams went into overtime.

In overtime, the North controlled possession for the most and got off two shots from Eric Pacheco and Topher Bligh, but were both saved by Tripp. The North got the ball back and eventually, Carpenter scored off of an assist from Quinn Marquez.

The North’s Pacheco was given the MVP award.