The Saddleback women’s water polo team has been on a roll as of late, winning five of its past six games. The latest success came at the Long Beach City College tournament, where the Gauchos won 3-of-4.
Saddleback opened the tournament with a hard-fought loss to Merced (9-12) on Friday, but quickly bounced back in the afternoon, beating Mt. San Antonio 12-8. The Gauchos then nipped both Ventura College (10-9) and Cuesta College (7-6) on Saturday, finishing 3-1 for the weekend.
Saddleback finished tied for the third best record in the tournament out of 18 teams, behind only Riverside College and Cypress College, who are both rated in the top-10 in the Southern California rankings.
The Gauchos will take to the pool again on Wednesday at Orange Coast College.
Saddleback's women's water polo team posted its first conference win of the season, edging visiting Cypress College 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Gauchos (5-11, 1-3 in OEC) opened up a 4-0 lead in the first half before Cypress battled back and cut the deficit to 5-4. Kirsten Yonan added another goal for the Gauchos on a lob shot midway through the fourth quarter which was answered one minute later by Cypress to make it a 6-5 game. Saddleback's defense was able to prevent Cypress from scoring over the last 2:20 to preserve the win.
After the Long Beach tournament, Saddleback will travel to Orange Coast on Oct. 27 and return home for a pair of games on Oct. 28 against American River and San Diego Mesa colleges before hosting the Orange Empire Conference championships Nov. 4-6 in the campus pool.
The Saddleback women's water polo team opened the season by hosting a 9-team tournament over the weekend and went 1-3 in the field, getting its first victory of the season in Friday nights game against Southwestern College.
The Gauchos opened the tournament with a setback at the hands of Chaffey, but bounced back for the win against the Jaguars, 15-4. In the victory, Cheyenne McCartin scored three goals with Naseam Moinee, Ana Auguston, Jessica Chene, and Kirsten Yonan each adding two goals.
Saddleback wrapped up the tournament on Saturday with a pair of defeats, falling to Ventura 10-6 and Grossmont 8-3.