|Owls cap historic season with 3rd at state|
|Written by Pete Borello - Staff Writeremail@example.com|
|Wednesday, 28 November 2012|
Although the Foothill College women’s water polo team failed to claim the state crown, the Owls succeeded in making history.
Foothill placed third in the state tournament – the highest finish in school history – by beating host Diablo Valley 6-5 in overtime Nov. 17.
“The win capped off an amazing season,” coach Jeff Bissell said.
The Owls posted a 25-5 record that included a 10-0 mark in the Coast Conference. Foothill won its first Northern California title and didn’t lose to a team in the region all season.
The Owls’ lone playoff loss came to Fullerton, which prevailed 14-7 the first day of the state tourney. That snapped Foothill’s 17-game winning streak.
The Owls rebounded the next day – in dramatic fashion – against Diablo Valley in the third-place game. Foothill trailed 5-4 with 12 seconds left when Jaimie Breen earned a 5-meter penalty shot that Hailey Smith made to tie the game and force overtime.
After the teams played two scoreless quarters of regulation overtime, the game went into golden-goal overtime – next goal wins. In the sixth overtime period, Foothill goalie Dana Delucchi made three one-on-one saves before Breen drilled a 5-meter shot from center cage for the win.
The Owls had an easier time in the NorCal tourney at De Anza the prior weekend. Top-seeded Foothill never trailed in the title game and defeated Diablo Valley 14-6.
Breen, Smith, Deanna Farley, Anna Kim and Gurpuran Singh scored multiple goals for Foothill. Delucchi recorded 10 saves.
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