BURBANK HIGH — Practicing man-advantage opportunities hasn't been something that the members of the Burroughs High girls' water polo team have spent a lot of time addressing.
After what occurred Tuesday, one could hardly notice.
Burroughs scored on five of its six extra-man advantages to pick up a 6-3 overtime victory against Pasadena in a semifinal match of the Pacific League Tournament at Burbank High.
Burroughs (19-3, 6-1 in league) will meet Crescenta Valley (27-0, 7-0) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the tournament's championship match. Crescenta Valley clinched a share of the league title later Tuesday with a 15-2 win against Glendale. A Burroughs victory against the Falcons would give the Indians a piece of the league title and the squad would be the league's No. 1 representative entering next week's CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs.
"Five man-advantage goals, that's the difference in the game," said Burroughs Coach Danny Garcia, who received man-advantage goals from Erika Green and Sam Buliavac late in the fourth quarter to tie the match at 3 and force a pair of three-minute overtime sessions. "We've never had this low of a score before, but scoring those goals was so crucial and it's something we've haven't practiced that much.