The Sonoma State women’s water polo team made their way to Pioneer Pool in Hayward on Sunday morning, ready to play a doubleheader against host team Cal State East Bay and opponent Mercyhurst. The team was in a tough defensive battle against the Pioneers and lost with a score of 5-3. Later that day, they took on Mercyhurst and managed to get the win 8-7. They split the games in their doubleheader gaining their third win of the season.
The first game of the day was against Cal State East Bay in their home pool. The Pioneers had a phenomenal start, scoring three straight goals to start the game. The momentum was in the Pioneers’ hands until Seawolf Nicole Browning tapped in Sonoma State’s first goal of the day with about seven minutes left in the half. The Seawolves couldn’t make anything more happen early in the match.
East Bay added two more goals to make an even bigger lead. The first half ended at a score of 5-1 with the Seawolves down by four goals.
The Pioneers would not extend their lead in what became a defensive battle in the second half. Sonoma Junior Alexa May netted a goal in the third quarter to help cut the large lead.
Later in the half, freshman Carleigh Robinson scored a goal to cut the lead in half. With under five minutes left, no scoring took place. Sonoma’s defense stepped up in the second half, not allowing any more goals, but were dug too deep into a rut from the first half. Goalie Kim Covert made eight saves in the game. The Seawolves lost making it their 12th of the season.
The second opponent of the day was Mercyhurst. Seawolf goalie Kim Covert got to rest for the second game of the day as Andrea Mallul took her place. Just a minute into the game, Caitlin Risden started the scoring off netting her first goal of the day and taking the lead. Mercyhurst scored three goals just in the first quarter ending the period 3-1. In the second quarter, Shannon Baer scored two goals on only two shot attempts to be down by only one goal at halftime with a score of 4-3.
Second half kicked off, and it was obvious that offense was a big deal in the game and would be crucial down the stretch. Mercyhurst scored early and pushed their lead to 5-3 in the third quarter. Momentum would take a turn for the Seawolves following the Mercyhurst goal. Tessa deRecat scored a goal to trail by only one more goal. Risden tapped in two more goals to give the Seawolves their first lead since early in the first quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter, Lexii Morabito scored a goal to extend the Seawolves’ lead to 7-5.
Sonoma State and Mercyhurst went back and forth on the last three goals of the game ending it 8-7 with the Seawolves on top. Noelle Herrara added the last Seawolf goal to close out the win late in the game. Mallul allowed only seven goals on 13 shot attempts in the win. This win pushes the women’s water polo team to 3-12, adding their third win.
Sonoma State split their Sunday doubleheader and is ready to take this win back home to create more. The team plays again on Friday here at their home pool against Cal State San Bernardino. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.