By GERARDO RECINOS
Alhambra’s girls water polo team put up on of their best scoring outputs of the season on Wednesday night, knocking in 24 goals in their league win over Hercules.
Their Oct 5 win was a big one, it meant that as far as North Coast Section qualifying goes, they’re nearly there.
After missing out on last season’s NCS playoffs, the Bulldogs will be desperate just to get in.
The girls are a lot more defensive minded than they boys water polo team are, so when they lined up behind the ball against Hercules, they hardly allowed the Titans to get the ball to their drivers higher up the pool.
And even despite that, the Bulldogs were able out swim them on offense and get into their positions to score on offense. Alhambra dropped nine goals in the first quarter, only allowing one on the other end when Anna Bernard crept off her line. that would be the only mistake made by the Alhambra keeper, who played well enough to be subbed out, put on attacking duties, and score a goal.
Freshman Kaylee Pond was allowed to take the lead when it came to Alhambra’s attacking tactics. She had five goals, which tied her with Daria Dragicevic to lead all scorers. Pond also put the 10th goal of the afternoon past the Hercules keeper.
The Bulldogs did take their foot off the gas offensively as the game went on, but at the half only one goal from Hercules put a tick on the board
As a team will do, there were mass changes in the second half to allow some of the substitutes to get some game time. Senior Kelsey Ferguson was one of the players who came off the bench, and made her presence known, scoring almost immediately.
Julia Brown scored right after Ferguson to get her first goal of the afternoon, as would Hayley London soon thereafter.
At that point the Bulldogs were able to coast and help Coach Frank Reichert inch ever closer to the magical number 300 wins with their effort.