Ramona High School’s boys water polo team lost an Oct. 13 non-league match at Serra before defeating Oceanside at home the following day in Valley League competition.
The win over Oceanside evened Ramona’s Valley League record at 3-3 while improving the Bulldogs’ overall win-loss statistic to 10-7-1.
“We kind of refocused on defense,” Coach Donnie Williams said of the win over Oceanside.
The loss at Serra was by a 20-13 score.
“There wasn’t a lot of defense being played on both sides,” Williams said.
The Conquistadors took a 4-2 lead by the end of the first period and had a 9-5 cushion at halftime.
“Serra was a tough game for us,” Williams said. “We started off a little slow.”
Serra had a 16-6 lead when the buzzer signaled the end of the third period.
“The third quarter was really a bad one,” Williams said.
Although the score didn’t indicate a significant amount of defense, Mike Bernas and Alan Williams each had four steals.
“They (Serra) were quick to counter,” Donnie Williams said. “We’ve just got to work on solid defense.”
The Bulldogs did that in the Oct. 14 match against Oceanside, allowing only five goals in the first three periods.
“I think we did a much better job,” Williams said.
Lingering illnesses that have cost Ramona several regulars for recent games limited the Bulldogs to two substitutes against Oceanside. Ramona led 5-2 after one quarter, 9-5 at halftime, and 13-5 after three periods.
“It was a little one-sided,” Williams said.
Ramona concluded the game with a 16-9 victory. Todd Cope led the team with six goals and also led the team with four steals.
“Todd had a great game,” Williams said.
Josh Wray had four goals, including three in the first period. Ramona goalkeeper Marlen Bernd made eight saves against the Pirates, while Alan Williams and Steven Donellan each had two steals.
The Bulldogs will spend this weekend playing in the San Diego Open.