Perez Makes Chicago Parks the Victors of Boys' 15U with Game-Winner in 11-10 OT Win Against Kingfish at 2015 National State Challenge
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Victor Perez ripped a shot into the back of the twin exactly 60-seconds into a 20-minute sudden death overtime period for the deciding factor as Chicago Parks survived a resurgent Kingfish team to claim an 11-10 victory in sudden death for the 2015 National State Challenge Boys' 15U Championship.
By claiming the Boys' 15U title, Chicago Parks receives a check for $1,000 from AWP. It marks one of the largest cash prizes in amateur water polo.
Perez, who finished the game with six goals to lead all scorers, received a pass 58 seconds into the overtime period, turned and lined a shot into the left side of the cage for the terminating tally as Chicago Parks needed to settle itself after Kingfish came back from a 9-6 deficit in the early moments of the fourth quarter.
Leading 9-6 with under six and a half minutes of regulation to play, Chicago Parks saw its lead dwindle down to a single marker with slightly over four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Perez pushed the lead to 9-6 39 seconds into the final quarter of play by twirling in a strike at 6:21. However, Kingfish came back as Tyler Williams (5:58) and Matthew Eisenberg (4:23) converted on back-to-back even-strength chances to move within 9-8.
Needing some breathing room, Chicago Parks turned to Perez who cashed in on a man-up opportunity at 4:05 to return the lead to a pair at 10-8. Once again, Kingfish had an answer for their foes offense as Joshua Yardley (3:49) and Nolan Baldwin (3:31) rocked the iron with shots past Chicago Parks' goalie David Medina to knot the score at 10-all and bring on overtime following three and a half minutes of back-and-forth play to conclude regulation.
Overall, only three Chicago Parks' players scored in the game as Dan Rusca joined Perez with hat-tricks, while Omar Pantoja slipped in a pair.
Kingfish had four of a kind plus one in the scoring column as the quintet of Baldwin, Eisenberg, Andrew Sillhart, Williams and Yardley each scored twice. Goalie Caleb Degler took the loss for the Reading, Pa., based squad.