By Amy Cutillo |Staff Writer|
Coyote water polo had a rough time last weekend as they were unable to pull away with a victory during their final weekend of play this season. The Coyotes played their last match against Sonoma State and lost a tough contest, 18–9 .
Georgianna Brau and Meghan McCarthy scored three goals apiece, but were unable to rally their teammates who trailed 6–0 through one quarter and 10–2 at halftime.
The Coyotes battled throughout but came up short. The loss ended their season with an overall record of 4–37. Altogether, it was a rough season in general. The Coyotes found it hard to win close games and thus, gain momentum.
Despite this, however, the girls found a way to remain positive and are optimistic heading in to next season.
“I think our overall season was good because we are a team unit,” said Sierra DeForge. “We just need to work a little more on certain things.”
While the team found success to be hard to come by, one individual player had a season that can truly be classified as one for the ages. Captain Misty Vu scored a ridiculous 120 goals this season which tied the school record that was broken recently in 2009 by Kaitlyn Hartman.
While she wasn’t able to surpass the school record, she did go on to lead the nation in goals scored this season, according to csusbathletics.com. She also finished third in steals with 72 and seventh in assists with 44.
Vu’s efforts allowed her to be named to the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) second team. While her teammates certainly recognize Vu’s talents, they are accustomed to seeing their star player perform.
“It’s Misty,” DeForge casually said when asked about her teammate’s impressive season. While down, the ladies are definitely not out as they are ready to move past this season and have found the desire to come back better and stronger next season.
“We have talked about it a lot,” said DeForge. “Definitely be looking out for us. We have some really good new girls coming in. It’s going to be a good season; definitely.”
Showing their ability to perservere and their desire to continue to improve, look for this team to truly make a splash next year and show us all what Coyote water polo is all about.