Hot off the 500th win in program history — a milestone achieved last week — the Davis High girls water polo team went into Thursday’s matchup against St. Mary’s seeming rather unshakable.
And that assumption ended up holding true as the Blue Devils stomped the Rams, 12-3, at Arroyo Pool. DHS coach Doug Wright was understandably excited:
“I’m very proud of these girls. They knew they had to come out and send a message early — that they wouldn’t be beaten — and that’s exactly what they did.”
The beginning of the match had the Devils on the attack, and within the first minute the locals girls were up 2-0 thanks to contributions by Colby Stapleton and Lauren Owens, respectively.
St. Mary’s did manage to return with a goal of its own a minute after Owen’s, but Davis struck again, making it a 3-1 affair by the end of the first quarter.
Heather Johnson continued the onslaught early on in the next period, the first of what would be a quartet of goals for the local senior standout.
More goals followed, as Alyssa Alvarez and Mara Dominguez found the net to bolster the Blue Devils’ lead. Dominguez’s shot was a fireball, which somehow emerged from the mass of outstretched hands that were attempting to block it.
Meanwhile, the Rams weren’t able to break through the staunch defense that DHS presented and the Devils had a 7-2 safety net going into halftime.
The large deficit St. Mary’s faced grew even more in the third quarter, when Stapleton and Dominguez landed back-to-back shots out of reach of the opposing goalie. Eventually, Johnson put the nail in the coffin by making it 10-2 halfway through the period.
And there was no reprieve to be found by St. Mary’s in the last quarter of the game, as the Kendall Doten deflected several passes and shots by the approaching Rams.
The Blue Devils’ focus now shifts to the Fall Classic, a tournament they will host on Friday and Saturday at UCD’s Schaal Aquatics Center. DHS comes in confident, but knows it is in for a challenge with some of the best teams in NorCal — No. 1 San Ramon, No. 2 Campolindo and No. 3 St. Francis — scheduled to appear.
“So we have the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams ahead of us,” Wright said. “Right now we’re riding at about No. 6.
“Our goal is to play well and improve. However, if we can sneak away with a win, which we’ll try to do, we’ll be happy.”
— Reach Brett Johnson at email@example.com or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett.