Bulldog boys polo pummeled by Acalanes

Ryan Fowlar vs AcalanesBy GERARDO RECINOS
Martinez Tribune

Just because they’ve already qualified for North Coast Section, doesn’t mean the Bulldogs will have wanted to go into the NCS meeting on such a sour note.

All season the Bulldogs have matched up against Division I teams, and the Acalanes Dons are no different. The Dons blitzed the Bulldogs in one of the toughest losses of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 20-7.

Alhambra started off on a solid note. Their first quarter output wasn’t overwhelming, but they defended well on the counter attack – something that has ailed them against the bigger teams this season.

Aiden Concepcion made a nice play to intercept an Acalanes pass and lay the ball off to Luke Brown for his second goal of the match.

Ryan Fowlar picked out Luke Brown to get the opening goal for Alhambra, but his effort was followed from efforts from Acalanes seniors Jack Winther and Tommy Fellner.

The Dogs turned it on from that point on. They scored two counter attacks on their first three possessions of the second quarter and powered them to an only temporary comeback.

Bailey Abbott cherry-picked his first goal of the day on a counter attack with an outlet pass from goalkeeper Adam Pakman to help keep Alhambra within reaching distance, but only momentarily.

He followed up his goal with another on the same type of counter attack before his tactic was neutralized by the Dons, who guessed that Abbott would stay back and use the size of the pool to help Alhambra out on defense.

Nick Lucido scored in the dying seconds of the half to bring the Bulldogs to within four goals; not insurmountable, but not impossible.

Acalanes came back and scored twice in the opening seconds of the second half by working the ball to the hole set and powering their shots past Pakman and Alhambra.

The Dons’ effort in the second half was awe-inducing as they scored 11 goals, and stunted the Alhambra attack by only allowing two goals.

With the loss, the Bulldogs will finish their season with a 1-5 record overall in Diablo Foothill Athletic League play. They will go into the North Coast Section meeting to find out what their first round pairing would get them.

Over the last three years the Bulldogs’ lowest seed was fourth last year. They’ve had three number one seeds in that same time period, with the 2013 NCS Division II title coming in 2013 when they were the number one seed.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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