By Carley Bennecke |Staff Writer|
The Coyotes’ women’s water polo team suffered two losses at the Whittier Aquatic Center on Feb. 8.
They battled in their first 10:20 a.m game against Pomona-Pitzer College. Coyotes were down 6-1 after the first period, and 11-4 at the break.
The Coyotes lost by over 10 points: Pomona-Pitzer 17, Coyotes 6.
Junior goalkeeper Madison Morris had three saves in the first half.
The game remained one-sided throughout as the Coyotes struggled.
The Coyotes’ second game was later in the afternoon on the same day.
The Coyotes competed against Occidental college and took another licking, losing 5-10. Occidental 10, Coyotes 5.
The match began as a close game. The first period ended with a 1-1 tie, and the second period ended with a 2-2 tie.
This was able to give some the Coyotes some help in trying to make it through to the next period of the game.
After the third period, however, Occidental led 5-4. In the fourth and final period, Occidental took over the game, winning 10-5.
Morris gave her best effort and ended the game with 10 saves, but this wasn’t enough to get the win.
The Coyotes tried their best to make this game a turn around and have an impact on the teams that they would face in the future.
Although this game wasn’t enough Coyotes have a great track record that they keep in their stats.
Morris had 104 saves during her sophomore year last season and 105 saves her freshman year.
So far this season, Morris has had 33 saves. Senior Alison Glaser, driver for the team, scored five of the 11 goals at the two games.
She scored three goals during the Pomona game and two goals in the Occidental match.
The Coyotes are now 0-4 this season. The team is trying to stay positive during the difficult season, and aim to continue working together and take the season one game at a time.
The team is learning from each season and does their best to improve little by little.
Head coach Sarah Reneker, who took on the reigns in 2010, is currently in her fourth season with the Yotes.
Before Reneker became coach, she played water polo for the Coyotes for four seasons from 2002-2006 and in 2004, she set a CSUSB single season record of 117 goals.
Come support your Coyotes on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. as they host their first home game of the season against Sonoma State University at the campus pool.