NORTHWEST GLENDALE — While the colors on the caps will always make it a big deal, the annual clash between the girls' water polo teams from Glendale High and Hoover lost a bit of its luster this season, competitively speaking, at least.
On the line for the visiting Nitros was the chance to clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Pacific League championship tournament. For the winless Tornadoes, Wednesday's match was merely an opportunity to salvage a trying season with a big upset of their archrival.
By halftime, it was clear the former was merely academic and any thought of an upset had disappeared behind a nine-goal Glendale lead that eventually widened into a 13-0 victory.
"They're a good team, we treat every game just like it's our last game," said Glendale's Kristina Terzyan, who scored a game-high five goals. "We just wanted to go all out. We don't want to just think we're going to win, even if we're up. We definitely want to work hard."