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Mitch Reber
Women’s Water Polo vs. UC Davis&Bakersfield

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Womens Water Polo Uc Davis&Bakersfield


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A women\'s water polo story I wrote for the Sonoma State Star

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Womens Water Polo Uc Davis&Bakersfield

  1. 1. Mitch Reber 3-6-10 Women’s Water Polo vs. UC Davis&Bakersfield The Sonoma State women’s water polo team came up short twice on Saturday at th 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 this point.” SSU’s next game will take place next Saturday at 12:00pm at Cal State East Bay.