Long Beach Poly Soccer

CIF Boys’ Soccer: Poly Comes Back For PK Playoff Win

The Long Beach Poly boys’ soccer team pulled off an improbable comeback on Thursday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division playoffs at Santa Ana Valley.

Trailing 1-0 in the final minute, Poly’s Jossmar Briceño headed home the equalizer to force overtime. After a scoreless 20 minutes of extra time, the teams went to a penalty kick shootout.

Briceño, Eugene Taparro and Miguel Arroyo netted their PKs for the Jackrabbits while goalkeeper Matthew McCoy made an incredible three saves to secure the victory.

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Poly (10-8-6) will host Riverside Poly on Saturday in the second round.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.