OCC cruises past conference opponent Saddleback

Utility Alex Arriero fires a shot on a goal that just misses by hitting the crossbar on Wednesday.

The Orange Coast College women’s water polo won comfortably over Saddleback College in an Orange Empire Conference match on Wednesday. The 15-9 victory improves their win streak to 11 games in a row. 

The action started early for the Pirates as defender Leslie Casas scored the first goal of the game just 25 seconds in. The defense looked on point as well with Kayla Yamamoto and Rachel Sherman leading the way. Combined, Yamamoto and Sherman had five of the eleven steals in the match. The first period came to an end with a 3-0 OCC lead. 


The second period began with a bombardment of goals by the Pirates, with a pair of goals from both Sherman and Destiny Hernandez. Saddleback was able to get the ball in the back of the net twice but it didn’t matter as OCC had taken full control. The Pirates improved their lead to seven going into halftime up 9-2.

OCC continued to play well in the third period scoring four more goals. Saddleback struggled with depth, only having one substitute player at a time, compared to the Pirates who were able to sub often keeping a fresh lineup at all times. Despite looking fatigued, Saddleback was able to put two more goals on the scoreboard going into the final period.

With a 13-4 lead, OCC was still in control, but Saddleback found a new breath of life and was able to score five times in the fourth. Even with their strong finishing efforts, Kendall Chrisman was able to put away two goals to fend off any comeback. The Pirates team effort saw seven different players score goals and eight different players get an assist. 

OCC plays on Thursday and Friday against two different conference opponents, Cypress and Fullerton, respectively. The team looks to expand its winning streak and move into first place in the division over Fullerton.

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