Sonoma State women’s water polo team falls twice in weekend play

The Sonoma State University women’s water polo team faced off in a pair of games last weekend against Cal State East Bay and Santa Clara University. On Saturday, the Seawolves made their way down to Hayward, California to face conference rival Cal State East Bay in an afternoon matchup. 

The Seawolves came out with a quick goal in the last six minutes of the first period from the efforts of Cassidy Mundt. The Pioneers fired back at the Seawolves by going on 7-0 run from the end of the first period towards the end of the second period. The Pioneer players responsible for these seven goals were Brooke Hodgkinson, Auriel Bill, Ivanna Anderson and Adrien Van Dyke. The Seawolves answered back with a goal by Taylor Brooks with two minutes left in the second period to make the score 7-2, going into the second half in favor of the Pioneers. 

Cal State East Bay opened up the third period with a goal by Bill to make the score 8-2 at the beginning of the second half of gameplay. The Seawolves came back with a goal on an error by Lily Carlon to make the score 8-3 with five minutes remaining in the third period. The Pioneers answered back to make the score 9-3 with a goal by Van Dyke that kept the team’s momentum going. 

Junior Seawolf Taylor Brown came up with two more goals in the third period to make the score 9-5, but was not able to put up any more goals throughout the rest of the third period. The Pioneers went on to pick up four more goals in the remaining span of the game to ultimately close out with an overall score of 13-6 to defeat the Seawolves. 

 Brown led the Seawolves by picking up three goals in the matchup against the Pioneers. The loss will bring the Seawolves’ overall record to 6-16 on the season. 

Sonoma State hoped to bounce back on Sunday afternoon for Senior Day against the visiting Division 1 Santa Clara University Broncos at Sonoma State University. The team ultimately came up short in a well-contested matchup that ended with a score of 10-9 in favor of the visiting Broncos. 

The Broncos came out with a fast start in the first period by picking up three goals—two by Lauren Paxton, and one by Hailey Eberle—to make the score 3-0 after the first. The Broncos kept their momentum to the second period, with a goal by Hannah Buck to make the score 4-0. 

The Seawolves started to shift the momentum in the second period with two goals by Brown and one by Amanda Weddle to make the score 4-3 going into the second half of gameplay. The third period was an overall back-and-forth matchup which resulted in a tied game with an overall score of 8-8 going into the fourth period. 

The Seawolves came out strong in the third period by picking up five goals; three by Mundt, one by Jordan Williams and one by Carlon. The Broncos were able to pick up two goals in the middle half of the fourth, which brought the score to 10-8 with three minutes remaining in the fourth. The Seawolves caught late momentum in the end of the fourth with a power play goal from Williams with two minutes left on the clock, which brought the team within one. 

The Seawolves, in the end, couldn’t pull off the win against the Division 1 Broncos, with an overall final score of 10-9 in a bittersweet Senior Day loss at home. The loss will bring the Seawolves’ overall record to 6-17 and remain 2-4 in the WWPA. 

Sonoma State will next prepare for its final regular-season game at 1:00 p.m. on April 21 against Fresno Pacific in Fresno, California.