By GERARDO RECINOS
The Bulldogs ran into the hottest team in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League on March 25. The undefeated Wildcats of Dougherty Valley cruised to a 19-3 win, with only a few positives coming from the Bulldog camp.
It would be tough to blame the Alhambra girls for the loss, they came up against the 99th best team in the nation according to MaxPreps, and the eighth best team in the North Coast Section.
Still with bout 11 minutes having gone by, Alhambra looked pretty solid absorbing pressure. They held the rampant scoring to a minimum, which is saying something considering Dougherty Valley has yet to be held under 13 goals against teams much more seasoned than the Lady Dogs.
So when 14 minutes had gone by and Alhambra found themselves only down 6-2, things were looking up.
Coaches John Sasaki and Richard Philbrook praised their defenders who were battling against a very good scoring team.
The defensive unit for Alhambra was without Luiza Daberdaku, the teams captain in defense, but they stayed organized enough to thwart the Wildcats early on.
Ellie Smith scored the opener for Alhambra, and a slick save by Theresa Hansen in goal allowed Alhambra to counter and score again, this time it was Kelby Fuss who found the back of the net off an assist from Emily Ramos.
There wasn’t much of a bright spot to lean on after that point in the match.
The Wildcats scored three unanswered goals to go into halftime, but even then the Bulldogs didn’t look to down on themselves.
Alhambra seemed pleased with what they had done defensively, frustrating Dougherty enough to the point that they weren’t scoring at will.
But once the whistle range for the second half, all of that changed.
While Dougherty scored nine goals in the opening half and 10 in the second, there rapid pace at which they were scoring in the second half and the exhaustion from the Bulldogs made it look a lot worse.
Dougherty scored at will, and they scored early and often.
Two goals hit the back of Hansen’s net before a minute hand come off the clock in the second half.
Smith did manage to pull one back for Alhambra, but that goal would be only a consolation as Dougherty would go on to score nine unanswered goals to down the Bulldogs in awesome fashion.
Still the loss saw Alhambra’s greatest scoring output, even though it also saw it’s flimsiest defensive record, and even that is something for the girls to hang their hat on.
The discrepancy between the top teams and bottom teams in the league was apparent here, but if anything, this could give Alhambra a little bit of pride knowing they managed to improve from previous showings against Miramonte (tied for 1st in DFAL) and Dublin (fourth place) against home they too did not play up to par.
The Bulldog girls took on Campolindo on Tuesday, March, 29, and lost their fourth DFAL game in a row.