PREP WATER POLO: Next round for Beaumont is Wednesday in Whittier … Wins over Monrovia, Cajon get Cougars past quarterfinals … Balanced scoring leads win over the Cowboys.
A torrent of vicious, energetic and virtually impenetrable defense from Beaumont High School lifted the Cougars into a CIF Division 5 semifinals showdown at California High School on Wednesday.
Scoring a 10-7 win over visiting San Bernardino Cajon, the Cougars (22-5) will get a third crack at the Condors (24-5), who delivered a powerful defense in a 7-3 quarterfinals win over Chadwick on Saturday.
California hosts Beaumont at 5 p.m. in Wednesday’s semifinals showdown.
California has beaten Beaumont twice already this season - 13-12 on Sept. 21 at the Diamond Bar Bull Run Tournament and a 15-12 non-league triumph in the Condors’ home pool.
It’s a 1-2 punch in the Del Rey League where California took second place to city rival La Serna (20-8-1).
Against Cajon, Adrian Trejo and Ryan Martin each scored three times for the Cougars, who got two from Darian Sanchez and one apiece from Trevor Pauley and Kevin Medina.
Beaumont’s goalie, Nathan Vasquez, was fronted by full defensive force, called on to make just five blocks, grabbing two steals.
California has lost to such polo powers as Riverside Poly (22-8 record), Montebello Schurr (28-3), Irvine University (15-12) and Temple City (18-7).
Schurr is currently a Div. 4 semifinalist, Riverside Poly was top-seed in Div. 2, while Temple City and University lost in the early rounds.
The Beaumont-California winner will face either Los Angeles Brentwood (21-7) or La Palma Kennedy (19-1) in Saturday’s championship.