Ramona High’s Water Dawgs win league opener
By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls water polo team won its Palomar League opener at home against Poway.
The game with a 9-8 final score was tied six times before Paulina Bernd scored the winning goal with 1:50 left to play.
“Close game,” said Coach Donnie Williams. “It went back and forth quite a lot.”
The Bulldogs scored first before Poway evened the score during the Jan. 10 match. Ramona took a 3-1 lead, but the Titans scored the final two goals of the first quarter.
Ramona led 5-3 during the second period, and a Poway goal created a 5-4 halftime score. The Titans tied the game in the third quarter and took a 6-5 lead, but Ramona scored the next two goals to hold a 7-6 lead entering the fourth period.
Poway scored the first two fourth-quarter goals to take the lead by an 8-7 margin, but the Bulldogs scored the tying goal with three minutes left before Bernd put the winning shot into the net.
“We were able to hold them off,” Williams said. “It was a good first league win for us this year. Started everything off real well.”
Cassie Bernas led the Bulldogs with four goals, Bernd placed three balls into the net, and Jocelyn Schwegler and Holly Smith each scored once. Bernd, Rachel Hogervorst, Bri Hogervorst and Smith each had two assists while Bernas contributed one assist.
Bernas had three steals, Smith pulled off two steals, and Bri Hogervorst and goalie Tiffany Larson each had one steal. Larson made eight saves.
“We were happy with that,” Williams said.
What Williams was not happy with was the Bulldogs’ performance on extra-player opportunities when a penalty sent a player out of the pool for 20 seconds of play or until the other team scored. Ramona converted two of nine extra-player opportunities while the Titans scored on three of six such situations.
“It’s not a good place to be as far as that,” said Williams. “You need to be more successful on both avenues.”
That lack of success on both sides of extra-player situations led to Ramona’s 8-5 loss Jan. 12 at Rancho Bernardo. The Bulldogs failed to score on all six power play opportunities, although they converted a five-meter penalty shot, while the Broncos scored five goals on seven extra-player situations.
“I think we beat them in all other aspects of the game,” Williams said. “I thought we matched up well with them.”
The Broncos scored the first quarter’s only goal and had a 2-0 lead before two Ramona goals in the second period tied the score. Two extra-player goals gave Rancho Bernardo a 4-2 halftime lead.
Williams acknowledges that the girls also recognize that improvement needs to be made from the offensive figure of converting two of 15 extra-player situations during the week while allowing eight goals in 13 defensive situations.
“They’ll continue to grow,” said Williams. “They’ll figure out what they need to do in those situations.”
The split gave the Bulldogs a 7-4 overall season record along with their 1-1 Palomar League statistic. Ramona plays at Westview Thursday, Jan. 19, and will spend Friday and Saturday in the East County Invitational tournament.
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