Women’s Water Polo vs. UC Davis&Bakersfield
The Sonoma State women’s water polo team came up short twice on Saturday at
the 30 annual Aggie Shootout in Davis, losing first at 1:30pm to Cal State Bakersfield
13-2, and then falling to host UC Davis 15-1 at 4:00pm. The two losses eliminated
Sonoma from the tournament, and their record now stands at 2-13 on the season.
The first game was a shock to SSU, who hadn’t lost to an opponent ranked below
the top 20 this season. SSU was unable to stop the offense of unranked Bakersfield,
which scored four goals in the first quarter, and three goals in each quarter after that.
The Seawolves’ only two goals would come in the third quarter from Holly
Armijo and Laurel Stricklin. SSU registered 20 shots on goal, and picked up seven saves
from goalie Gina Uliana, while Bakersfield ended the match with 26 shots on goal and 11
saves from their goalie, Megan Pezzolla.
“In the Bakersfield game, I think we were a little overconfident,” said SSU’s
Kyleigh Shea. “We tried really hard, but I think we could have played a lot smarter. We
learned that we need to come out strong, put together four solid quarters, and
communicate a lot. We will save (this loss) in our back pocket and remember it for next
time. We will use it as fuel for the next time we play them.”
The second game was a tough match-up for SSU, as 15th ranked Davis was out for
blood. Led by the 5-5 shooting of Becky Sheelos, the Aggies attacked the Seawolves
relentlessly, scoring six goals in the first quarter alone.
Davis’ offense was simply too deep, as 11 different players ended the game with
at least a goal for the Aggies.
SSU’s lone goal in this game came from Kelsey Lowy in the first quarter. The
Seawolves finished the game with 18 shots on goal, while the Aggies finished out with 34
shots. Uliana again made seven saves for SSU.
“Davis is ranked a lot higher than we are, so whenever we play high ranked teams
we also try to learn something from them,” said Shea. “I think we played well. It’s still
the first half of the season and I think we have improved. We can only go forward from
SSU’s next game will take place next Saturday at 12:00pm at Cal State East Bay.