Sonoma State University Women’s water polo struggled during the Winter Invite in UC Santa Barbara on both Saturday and Sunday. The women’s water polo team was scheduled to play a total of four games last weekend.
All of these games played resulted in losses for the Sonoma State water polo team. Despite losing against highly ranked opponents and Southern California schools, the water polo Seawolves team members put great effort into the games and scoring plays.
The Seawolves’ first lost against California Baptist in a game that ended 9-3. In the first period they were unable to get anything going and had limited scoring opportunities.
It wasn’t until the California Baptist Lancer’s had scored four times already that the Seawolves responded with a goal of their own. Carleigh Robison scored two points for the Seawolves throughout the game, but she wasn’t the only one to do so. Attacker Shannon Baer scored another one leaving the score for this game at 3 to 9.
Later, around six in the afternoon, the Seawolves played Azusa Pacific that turned out to have a similar finish to their previous game.
The game resulted in Azusa with a total of thirteen points and the Seawolves with six points. No. 14, junior Noelle Herrera, made two goals during this game with team member Carleigh Robinson adding some of her own during the first and second period. Goalie, Andrea Mallul, had a total of five saves and held Azusa where they were.
With the less than ideal outcomes on Saturday that resulted in losses in both games, the Seawolves were ready to start a new day on Sunday with positive attitudes and better outcomes than the day before. Despite their positive attitudes and fresh slates, they were unable to turn things around on the second day.
In the first game on Sunday, the Seawolves faced off against a tough opponent in 16th ranked Loyal Marymount. With goals scored from players Robinson and Brittny Hummel during second period, they caught the team up by a bit with a goal from each. The Seawolves showed greater offense on Sunday than Saturday even though the game ended with a loss for Sonoma State.
The last game of the weekend for the Seawolves was against UCLA, the second ranked team in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). In the last few minutes of the first quarter, Seawolves showed their skills in making back-to-back goals against the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins scored 13 more points after that, leaving the Seawolves with a 2-16 loss.
Although the Winter Invitation weekend didn’t turn out well for the Water Polo team, they will be attending the Triton Invitational the weekend of Feb. 7 - 8 in La Jolla.