Water polo team down four to start the season

Minus four for the ladies in blue. Last weekend Sonoma State University’s women’s water polo team traveled down to San Diego for the season opener. 

This, unfortunately, was not in favor of Sonoma State, losing all four matches this season. However, these matches will only prepare it to continue on with its season and improve for the rest of its 2018 games. 

Sonoma State played some top teams this weekend, including top-seeded USC. Following that game, Sonoma State played Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and the Iona Killians. The first two games, USC and UCSB, took place on Saturday, while the Santa Clara and Iona matches were held on Sunday. 

The Seawolves hit the water bright and early, starting off their first match against USC. Freshman Taylor Brooks put SSU on the board with her first collegiate goal. This was also the only goal Sonoma State made during the game. 

“It felt great getting my first collegiate goal against a team like USC,” Brooks said. 

During the match junior goalie Lisa Rodarmel started off the game and held USC with six saves in the cage. Rodarmel said her team motivated her. 

“I think we know now that we can compete against top teams and stay in the competition,” she said. “We played our best that game so we need to remember this moment throughout the rest of this 2018 season.” 

For the last 16 minutes of this USC match, freshman Brooke Sullivan jumped into the water, replacing Rodarmel during her first Sonoma State game. Sullivan had only four saves. Sonoma State lost 13-1.

After the tough loss against USC, Sonoma State battled it out again in the water for a game two against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. 

With only a few seconds into the match, junior Jordan Williams tied up the game 1-1. Things were looking up for the Seawolves, but the four points earned during the UC Santa Barbara match was not enough for SSU to come back and claim a win. Sonoma State stayed down by six during the second match, with the final score at 10-4. 

Continuing with the weekend invitational, SSU women’s water polo lost to Santa Clara 6-3 and once more against the Iona Killians 9-6. 

The Seawolves said these tough losses would not defeat them. 

“I feel like we definitely could have done better, but these were the first games of the season; we’re learning how to click as a team. This was also a learning experience. We know what we need to work on now for this season, so it’s back to the practice grind,” incoming freshman Cydney Bell said. 

“I feel that as the season progresses we will get closer as a team and tweak the areas we need a little more work in. This invitational was eye-opening for what we can improve on for 2018,” Rodarmel said. 

Sonoma State women’s water polo will have its next game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at home against Fresno Pacific.