The Orange Coast College women’s water polo team won comfortably over Orange Empire Conference opponent Riverside Community College 12-7 on Wednesday.
The scoring started early for the Pirates with early goals by Delaney Lewellyn and Journey Werner. This set the tone for a dominant first period that saw OCC on the attack the whole time, outpacing its opponent to a 3-0 lead.
In the second period, the game opened up a little more with six goals combined. OCC’s Faith Cuevas began the cycle scoring less than a minute into the quarter, followed by a Riverside goal a minute later. This quarter also saw some skillful saves from the Pirates goalkeeper Annabelle Sherman, who had multiple one-on-one saves.
OCC went into the half with a 6-3 lead over the Tigers, who struggled to get anything going on offense in the first 16 minutes. This trend would continue as the Pirates put on a defensive clinic during the third period. The defensive efforts of Kayla Yamamato, Destiny Hernandez and Perla Estrada set the tone for the second period that ended with an 8-4 lead.
Lewellyn got back on the score sheet to begin the final period. This created some momentum for the rest of the team and OCC jumped out to a quick seven point lead of 11-4.With the lead solidified, coach Dan Matulis put backup players in the game to finish the job. Riverside put in a valiant final effort scoring three late goals, but fell short.
After the win on Wednesday, the team moved to an impressive 10-1, and 1-0 in conference play. Lewellyn finished with four goals and one assist to cap off a strong performance. Rachel Sherman tallied a goal and two assists, and Hernandez had two goals and two assists..
OCC plays next at Cerritos College in a mini tournament starting Friday.