By GERARDO RECINOS
Some teams will be able to rest in the final week of play for the fall water polo season, but the Alhambra girls will be working down to the wire.
With their 15-4 loss against Las Lomas on Wednesday night, the Bulldogs set up a two-game swing wherein they could finish as high as 12-8, and secure a nice seeding in the Division II playoffs. Or they can finish 10-10, a more realistic outcome, considering how well Acalanes has been playing.
Worst case is two losses, which could leave them with a 16 seed a long mountain to climb, or no qualification at all.
The Lady Bulldogs have been playing about .500 water polo this season. They showed strong defensive resilience, but turned the ball over on their first five possessions.
From those five possessions came five short-handed goals due to the lack of team speed to track and defend. To be fair to the girls, they’re playing with a two-man bench, while Las Lomas has enough to field three teams.
Alhambra conceded six goals in the opening quarter, then toughened up and only allowed three more for the rest of the half. During that defensive showing, they also managed to get on the board four times.
Daria Dragicevic scored the opener for the Dogs, firing her shot in from the near post. Her effort was followed by a pair from Amanda Beattie, and a screamer from Bella Hurst.
The Bulldogs could not break down the Las Lomas defense for the rest of the night, and nearly were scored upon multiple times. Had it not been for the quick reflexes of goalkeeper Anna Bernard, the Bulldogs surely would’ve suffered a greater defeat.