BURBANK HIGH — Burbank High and coach Kristina Garcia didn’t know much about Arlington from Riverside prior to the teams’ CIF Southern Section Division V opening-round boys’ water polo playoff match Wednesday.
“We looked around on the Internet and we tried to find information about them, but there just wasn’t that much,” Garcia said. “They weren’t in the media a lot, so finding out about them was extremely difficult.”
With little advanced information, the Bulldogs entered their opener with wide-eyed wonder. It turns out that any advanced scouting wasn’t necessary, as Burbank played well in the second and third quarters and finished with a 14-10 victory over the Lions at home.
The victory puts Burbank (14-7) — the runner-up from the Pacific League — into the second round for the first time since 2006, when it defeated Placentia Valencia in the first round and fell to Beverly Hills.
The Bulldogs will take on La Serna in a quarterfinal match Saturday. La Serna defeated Chadwick, 12-7, it its first-round contest Wednesday.