Women’s water polo wins 3 out of 4 in SoCal tournament

The Seawolves rattled off three straight wins in a four game tournament that was played in Pomona, CA. After wins against Chapman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Salle the Seawolves lose the final game to fifteen-ranked Loyola Marymount. “We all feel really good about the games this weekend. It was a huge turnout for us going 3-1,” said Taylor Brooks.

The first game of the weekend tournament was played against Chapman. This resulted in a dominate 11-4 win for Sonoma State. They had five different players score in this game, including four goals from Annika Erickson. Goalie, Brooke Sullivan had an impressive nine saves on 13 shots.

Later that same day, the Seawolves would play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in game two of the tournament. This was a very hard fought game from both sides. Sonoma State was down 2-1 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Seawolves shut out their opposition, while getting goals from Jojo Williams and Annika Erickson. At the end of the first half, Sonoma State held a 3-2 lead.

The game continued to go back and forth in the second half but Sonoma State was always able to hold onto the lead. In a physical and defensive game, Sonoma State got the victory by a score of 6-5. 

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“I feel really good about the games this weekend,” said Jojo Williams. “The team worked as a cohesive unit which really pushed us into those close games.”

The third game of the weekend certainly proved to be the most exciting. The Seawolves faced off against the La Salle Explorers. The first quarter showed explosive moments from both teams. Erickson scored a hat trick in the opening quarter, which brought the score to 3-3.

Taylor Brooks and Hailey Gellert both scored for the Seawolves in the second quarter. After allowing a goal with under a minute left, Sonoma State was up 5-4 to close the first half. 

The Seawolves and Explorers continued to battle for control of the game in the second half. After strong play from both teams, the Seawolves were down 9-8 with under a minute remaining in the game. With 20 seconds left, Jojo Williams ripped a perfect shot to tie the game. 

In a game that seemed destined for overtime, Gellert had other plans in mind. With three seconds remaining, she scored the winning goal for the Seawolves. Final score, 10-9.

Jojo Williams said, “We just trusted in ourselves and in each other and we dominated on defense when it came down to the wire.”

In the fourth and final game, the red hot Seawolves would play against nationally ranked, Loyola Marymount. Sonoma State found themselves down 7-1 after the first quarter. They continued to battle but were not able to secure their fourth consecutive victory. Final score 15-5 in favor of Loyola Marymount. 

These games served as a welcomed boost to team morale. Winning three out of four against top competition has the team ready as they head into conference play next week.

“We lost to LMU who is #15 in the country but we still played well against them. I’m super excited to start conference after a big weekend like this. We have a lot to look forward too.” said Brooks.

The Seawolves now have a 5-7 record as they get ready for their first WWPA game of the season. They will open conference play on the road against Cal State Monterey Bay on March 10.