The Stanford 16-U A girls water polo team went scoreless in the first quarter Sunday in the Junior Olympic Gold Division championship match at Gunn High.
SoCal looked to be having its way with a 3-0 lead.
Allison Sullivan-Wu. Photo by Glenn Reeves.
"It was our team energy," said Allison Sullivan-Yu, who tied for team-high scoring honors with three goals. "We started getting pumped up, started playing as a team. We started making the right passes, the right calls."
Sacred Heart Prep's Nadia Paquin broke the ice with a goal and that was followed by goals from Sullivan-Wu and Alison Berg, who also finished with three goals.
"The girls realized they could do it," coach Kelsey Holshouser said. "That if they worked together they could beat any team.
SoCal scored late in the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead at halftime.
But the second half was all Stanford.
A goal by Sullivan-Wu tied it 5-5 with 4:18 left in the third quarter. Then back-to-back goals in transition by Berg made it a two-goal advantage for Stanford at 7-5.
"All three of my goals were on counters and on great passes from my teammates,'' said Berg, who helped Los Gatos High win a Central Coast Section Division I championship last year as a freshman. "We're the kind of team that really keys off each other.''
Sullivan-Wu, who goes to Burlingame, scored her third goal in the fourth quarter to make it 8-5, and then Madison Lewis scored off a steal to close out the scoring.