Women's water polo team lose at SMC tourney

The women’s water polo team (7-14), were defeated last Friday against the Santa Monica College Corsairs (7-1), in a tournament the Corsairs held at home.

Despite the scores of the game, the Warriors played a tough battle against Santa Monica, but the Corsairs goalie stepped up defensively, blocking nearly every shot attempted by the girls.

“We took about 33 shots during the game, but unfortunately, we only scored once,” coach Corey Stanbury said.

“Are shots weren’t some of the best choices we made, and we took some inaccurate attempts,” utility player Monica Bender said.

The Corsairs led offensively, scoring four goals in the first half of play, then added an additional three in the second half.

“The scores of the game didn’t show how we usually play in most of our past matches,” Alexis Ivans said. “We made Santa Monica’s goalie look better than she actually is.”

The Women are now on a two game losing streak, with their last win against Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College (21-14).

“We didn’t counterattack very well, and we could have transitioned on offense quicker,” Bender said. “We need to work on transforming what we do in practice into our game situations.”

Ivans, Lauren Gottschalk, Evelyn Siquenza, Lynsey Alabab, and Carrissa Carnine all had multiple attempts at scoring goals, but Gottschalk was the only girl to get the ball through the net.

“We need to communicate better during gameplay, and getting better shots down low,” Ivans said. ” We basically got caught up in our own mistakes, which affected the entire team.”

Gottschalk, Ivans, and Siquenza currently are the women’s top three scorers, recording 37,45, and 25 goals each.

Goalie Cambria Serrano was overwhelmed on the defensive end, only saving the Corsairs from scoring seven times. Cambria now totals 189 saves, and 12 steals for the season.

Ivans, Gottschalk, Siquenza, and Carnine also helped defensively, tallying up two steals a piece during the game. Alabab, Julie Takigawa, and Jessica Rivera also recorded on steal each.

In the women’s next match, they are working to fix their simple errors both on the defensive and offensive end of play.

“In practice were going to be working more on our shooting, and reacting more quickly to the ball,” said Bender. “We’re going to work on our plays on offense and executing them correctly to set us up for more scores,” Ivans said.

The Warriors set sail at home against Mt. San Antonio Community College Wednesday, set for 3 p.m.