Bulldog girls 8th at water polo’s Benson Tournament
By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls water polo team earned eighth place at the Benson Tournament in Orange County, which began the Bulldogs’ 2011-12 season Dec. 1-3.
Although the Bulldogs only won two of their five games, they won their first two matches to earn upper-bracket status and thus a top-eight finish.
“We did really well, actually,” said Coach Donnie Williams. “It was a great tournament for us.”
Ramona played all five of its games at El Dorado High School. The first two matches were on Dec. 1. The Bulldogs opened the tournament and their seaon with a 14-3 victory over Arcadia High School.
The Bulldogs faced Arcadia in last year’s tournament.
“I knew it was going to be a fairly similar situation,” Williams said.
Three goals by Bri Hogervorst and two by Holly Smith gave Ramona a 5-1 lead at the end of the first period. Smith scored the only goal of the second period. She added two goals in the third quarter to bring her total to five while Bri Hogervorst scored twice in the third period and Rachel Hogervorst scored once in the quarter.
The fourth quarter included the first-ever varsity goals by Megan Kinnaman and Josie Ward and Bri Hogervorst’s sixth goal of the game.
“We were able to counterattack quite a lot and do a lot of scoring off of that,” Williams said.
Ramona goalie Tiffany Larson made nine saves in the season opener.
El Dorado High School was Ramona’s second Dec. 1 opponent. The first quarter was scoreless. The Bulldogs staved off three El Dorado extra-player opportunities due to Ramona penalty exclusions although Ramona was unsuccessful on both of its extra-player situations.
Although Ramona was unsuccessful on its two extra-player opportunities in the second quarter, Joceyln Schwegler scored the first half’s only goal three seconds after El Dorado returned to full strength.
A goal by Cassie Bernas gave Ramona a 2-0 lead in the third period, although two El Dorado goals tied the game later in the quarter. Paulina Bernd’s goal gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead, which was the score at the end of the third quarter.
El Dorado tied the game 1-1/2 minutes into the fourth period, and the rest of regulation was scoreless.
The teams went to sudden-victory overtime. In the final minute, Bernas drew an ejection, and she then took a shot that went into the net with 4 seconds left in the overtime period to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 victory.
The two wins placed Ramona into the bracket with the other seven teams that won their first two games, and on Dec. 2 the Bulldogs faced Mira Costa High School.
“They’ve always been tough with us,” Williams said.
Each team scored once in the final minute of the first period with Mira Costa scoring first and Ramona knotting the game. The 1-1 score after the first period turned into a 4-1 Mira Costa advantage at halftime, a 9-2 Mira Costa lead after three periods, and a 19-2 final score.
“They were a little faster,” Williams said. “The conditioning and experience was starting to show through.”
Bri Hogervorst scored both Ramona goals against Mira Costa.
The Bulldogs’ first Dec. 3 game was against Warren High School.
“They were a very disciplined team,” Williams said. “They could really move the ball offensively.”
Warren led 4-1 after the first period and 6-1 when the halftime buzzer sounded before ending the game with a 14-2 triumph. Bri Hogervorst scored Ramona’s first-period goal while Bernas scored in the second half.
The seventh-place game Dec. 3 against Villa Park had an 8-4 final score in Villa Park’s favor, although the teams had an equal number of goals in three of the four quarters. Each team scored once in the first period, and the halftime score was 3-3.
“I thought we had really good opportunities,” Williams said.
Villa Park scored five times in the third period while Ramona scored once, and the fourth quarter was scoreless.
Schwegler and Bernas each scored twice against Villa Park.
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