Girls water polo wins 10-6 in DAL opener

Martinez Tribune

Alhambra’s girls pushed the magic number to four for coach Frank Reichert, as they took care of St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo. The 10-6 win leaves their coach with 296 career wins as the architect of the girls water polo program.

It should be said that before this season, winning a league game was a huge accomplishment. That’s how tough the Diablo Foothill Athletic league was. Both Alhambra teams would finish the season usually with 1-4 records in league. But all that is done with.

Now the Bulldogs can look at the rest of the field as the big dogs.

Daria Dragicevic, a senior, is one of the players who will know what that felt like. She scored the opener after Alhambra had drawn a kick out in the opening seconds of the match.

Anna Bernard assisted a counter-attack goal by freshman Kaylee Pond to double the Alhambra lead before the host Bruins scored their first. St. Patrick-St. Vincent scored on a counter themselves, with Malaya Taylor caught Alhambra’s Bernard rising and faked her our with a lob shot to open her account on the afternoon.

From that point it turned into a chess match. Both teams came back and answered a goal from the opponent, but it was clear the team that broke first would lose this match.

That moment came at the 2:11 mark in the second quarter. Julia Brown played a smooth pass to Pond, who deftly dropped a ball over the keeper, and Alhambra took the lead at 4-3. Then less than 30 seconds later, Alhambra scored again.

The Bruins drew a kick out of Pond, and looked to tie things up again. But then Alhambra stole the ball, countered to Sarah Exner, and the senior scored to take a two-goal lead.

The Bulldogs were able to coast from that point on. Although they endured a pair of unanswered goals quickly into the start of the second half, Alhambra retaliated quickly. Madison Stripling scored first, and then Katie Christman followed he up with a quick counter. Exner, Pond and Dragicevic each scored once more to close it out for Alhambra in style.

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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