Molly Wilkinson’s only goal turned out to be the game-winner as Gunn recovered from a four-goal deficit to beat host Los Gatos, 9-8 in overtime, in a big Santa Clara Valley Athletic League girls water polo contest Saturday.
Big in the sense that both teams have been atop the SCVAL for years, sharing the league title last season.
Los Gatos played in the CCS Open Division last year (as did Castilleja) and that was with NorCal powerhouses Sacred Heart Prep and Leland.
The comeback was made possible when Titans’ goalie Jayden Kratt held Los Gatos scoreless over the final 13 minutes of the game, recording seven of her 16 saves in the fourth quarter.
The Titans (7-0, 6-0) were also very good with their 5-on-6 defense. The Wildcats had three power plays in the fourth quarter.
Kate Mallery, who scored three of her game-high five goals in the final period, tied the contest with her second 5-meter penalty shot, converting with 49 seconds remaining in regulation.
Wilkinson scored early in the first overtime and Gunn held on to download the game into its win file. Freshman Nina Albers added a pair of goals.
Sophomore Kenza Ashworth scored the seventh goal, a long distance shot that caught Los Gatos off-guard in the fourth.
Gunn hosts city rival Palo Alto (3-2) in a league match Tuesday.
Gunn rebounded from its first loss of the season to beat host Lynbrook, 47-46, in a SCVAL El Camino Division contest.
Gavin Kitch led the Titans with 14 points and Yotam Elazar contributed 13 points.
Gunn (3-1) hosts Saratoga on Monday night.
Sacred Heart Prep held its own in a 78-68 loss to visiting Bellarmine in another nonleague contest. The Gators (4-2) have lost to a pair of WCAL powerhouses.
Down by 13 at halftime, SHP made it a single-digit deficit into the fourth quarter, where the teams traded baskets and free throws.
Harrison Carrington scored 22 points, including a 9-of-9 effort from the foul line. Aidan Braccia added 19 points for SHP, which travels to Harker for a league game Wednesday.
The Menlo-Atherton at Menlo nonleague contest scheduled for Saturday was postponed.
Menlo-Atherton won its fifth straight, beating visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 9-2, in a nonleague affair Saturday.
Reno DiBono collected three hits and drove in five runs for the Bears (9-5), who host Mills on Tuesday in a PAL game.
Tommy Eisenstat doubled, homered and drove in three.
Tyler Wong and Enzo Pollioni each drilled a solo home run for SHP, who host The King’s Academy on Wednesday.
Griffin Williams threw a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out five.
Ryan Barahona had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run and Nathan Watkins had a pair of doubles but Gunn dropped a 5-1 decision to Fremont Saturday. Cory Hallada also doubled.
Carson Leclerc, Barahona and Lennon Seiders combined on a one-hitter as all five runs allowed were unearned. Each pitcher struck out two.
The Titans (2-5) host Milpitas on Tuesday.
Menlo needed to work hard to fend off a challenge against host Priory, holding onto to a 2-1 victory Saturday to move to 5-0 in WBAL play.
Menlo took an early lead when Tor Micaelian converted a penalty kick. Senior Aaron Cheng then scored off Micaelian's feed for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Priory scored in the second half, but the Knights defense pushed back to preserve the win. Senior Jason Bloom, junior Daniel Louie and senior keeper Peter Gray guided the defense.
“Today was another tough game against a good opponent on a difficult field but the boys played extremely well, and deserved the result," Menlo coach Marc Kerrest said. "We didn’t know what to expect from the season, but the boys keep working hard and improving every time we are together and are really making the most of their opportunities.”
Menlo plays at Crystal Springs on Tuesday.
Chase Kolinko scored twice and Kyle Nilsson and Luca Suarez each added a goal as Sacred Heart Prep beat host Harker in another WBAL contest Saturday.
Zach Freire assisted on Kolinko’s first-half goal and Sam Shepard assisted his second-half goal.
Matthew Kirkham and Tristan Mischke-Reeds also recorded assists for the Gators (4-1), who host Priory on Tuesday.
Boys water polo
Jordan Affeld scored seven goals and Gunn won at Los Gatos, 13-11, Saturday.
Goalie Isaac Zelka had 12 saves and added three assists.
Mountain View scored in the second overtime to edge host Gunn, 6-5, in a SCVAL match Saturday night.
Tess Flinchbaugh scored with four seconds left in regulation too force overtime. Irene Kim led Gunn with a pair of goals.
Gunn (2-4, 2-2) travels to play at Saratoga on Monday night.
Gunn played another outdoor wrestling match Saturday, this time using the football field at Milpitas for a 52-24 SCVAL victory.
Injuries kept several Titans out of action but a deep bench helped give Gunn the victory, winning by forfeit in the top seven weight classes.
Erica Norton won with a first period pin in the 120-pound contest and Justin Lin won by decision, 14-5, in the last match of the meet at 145-pounds.