Santa Ana College finished its first women’s water polo season in four years earlier this month. That’s the good news. The bad news they did not win a single game. The Dons finished with a record of 0-22-0.
“Winning wasn’t the biggest thing,” Head Coach Al Reyes said. “We wanted to show Santa Ana College is a viable aquatics program.”
Well, Reyes and the Dons have a long way to go.
Before the first conference game, the Dons starting goalie, Meagan Thomas, broke her hand and missed the rest of the season.
“Losing your No. 1 goalie will affect your defense,” Reyes said.
Having no back-up, freshman attacker Shelby Johnson took over Thomas’s spot.
“We lost a sub and stuck someone in the goal who was not a goalie,” freshman center Nikole Facklam said.
But Reyes is not worried. The team is young, made up entirely of freshman.
“Other teams would have folded, but we didn’t,” Reyes said. “I was impressed by these girls.”
With a tough season like that, looking forward is all you can do.