By GERARDO RECINOS
For senior night, the Alhambra Bulldogs were not only honoring their players in the final year of their high school careers, they honored the guys who started the program 10 years prior.
That team didn’t win a single game, but they did pave the way for what the program has become today. The Bulldogs did lose to the College Park Falcons, and by a big margin.
An 18-6 loss still makes it clear there is a gap between the Bulldogs and some of the teams nearer toward the top of the table. Even one like College Park, a middle of the pack team has developed, purely because they’ve had more time to.
But like the teams prior to this years iteration of the Dogs, the ones in the future will come to use these experiences as learning moments.
Alhambra scored first in the match. The moment was charged with a lot of excitement, as the larger than usual crowd was excited to see the Bulldogs take a lead.
Senior Marc Moore scored his 26th goal of the season (second on the team behind Jack Eaves)only 30 seconds in to the match and things looked bright for a moment.
Far too soon, College Park reeled off a scoring run that had coach Al Boyce in knots on the sidelines.
Seven unanswered goals by the Falcons flipped the script so quickly that the Bulldogs looked like they had been hit by a truck.
Connor Beasley in particular was having his way in attack, and continually slipped in behind the defense to score.
Twice he had scored before the half way point of the second quarter. It wasn’t until a smooth pass from Cole Malinowski to fellow senior, Moore, that the Bulldogs had made any noise.
Naturally, the Bulldogs went to that same formula before the end of the half. Moore made a nice run from the goalkeepers left to right hand side. Malinowski hit him in stride and Moore slung a shot from a running jump to score his third on the night.
In truth Moore was the only Bulldog who scored for most of the match up. But by time fellow senior Jack Eaves scored his 34th goal of the season (the team lead) the Falcons had already fully taken care of the result.
Even more frustratingly, the Falcons shut down the Bulldogs in the final quarter of play. College Park reinserted some of their starters, and did enough to trigger the running clock so as to speed up the match up.
With the loss, the Bulldogs will almost surely finish in last place of the incredibly tough Diablo Athletic League. Last season the Bulldogs won six games, while this season they will likely only get two wins.