April 21, 2017 — After coming off a two-week bye, the Growlers traveled north to face off against the San Jose Spiders under Friday night-lights and the San Francisco FlameThrowers on Saturday evening.
The game in San Jose began with offensive trading until the Spiders capitalized on their first break point opportunity, 3-2. San Diego got back on track as the teams traded multiple scores again, but then the Spiders broke the Growlers offense twice in a row to extend their lead. The first quarter expired with the score at 8-5.
San Diego started the second quarter with their first break of the game, both teams traded points, then the Growlers broke again to get within one, 9-8. The Spiders proceeded to score on O, then D, to go up 11-8. More trading ensued, and San Jose would get one more break score before the half ended, 14-10.
To kick off the second half, the Growlers and Spiders scored on their offensive possessions, but San Jose once again took advantage of a San Diego turnover and scored, 16-11. After a couple more trades, San Diego notched a much-needed break to pull within 4 points, 18-14. The teams traded once again, and then the Growlers rattled off 3 consecutive breaks to pull within one, 19-18. A Spiders last second prayer was answered with a highly questionable foul call in the end zone, which resulted in a score to close the quarter, 20-18.
Any momentum the Growlers just created was lost when San Jose scored and broke to start the 4th quarter, 22-18. The Spiders were content to trade offensive scores and San Diego could not force enough turnovers to mount another comeback. San Jose went on to win the game 30-25.
Travis Dunn led the Growlers with a +7 performance (5 assists, 4 goals, 2 turnovers) and former Spider Sean Ham added a solid +6 game (1 assist, 5 goals) as well. Game highlights can be found here.
April 22, 2017 — The Growlers needed to lick their wounds from the loss the night before because San Francisco has always been a tough customer in the West Division.
San Francisco and San Diego started the game by trading scores and SF earned the first break, 3-1. After more trading, the FlameThrowers took control by earning 3 breaks in a row to go up 8-3, and the quarter would end at 9-4.
The Growlers started the second quarter with a goal, but SF countered with an O score then 2 more breaks, 12-5. A timeout was called to stop the FlameThrowers’ momentum, and after a back and forth point, Tyler Bacon had a great layout catch in the end zone for San Diego. There was mostly trading for the rest of the half with SF in the driver’s seat, 16-9.
The FlameThrowers showed no signs of slowing down, scoring on O to start the 3rd and adding two breaks to extend their lead to 19-9. Hunter Corbett made a huge grab for the Growlers to keep them in it, but the teams traded for much of the quarter. San Diego registered a couple breaks at the end cutting the lead to 21-14.
The 4th quarter started with a San Diego score on offense, but 2 consecutive SF goals put the game out of reach, 23-15. Their lead proved insurmountable and the FlameThrowers won 28-19.
Sean Ham’s +7 performance (2 assists, 5 goals) led the Growlers, with Casey Wu (1 assists, 2 goals) and Hunter Corbett (2 assists, 2 goals, 2 defensive blocks, 3 turnovers) chipping in with +3 games. Game highlights can be found here.
San Diego will look to exact some revenge on April 30th as they host the San Francisco FlameThrowers at Balboa Stadium at 1 pm.