ROHNERT PARK, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team lost its first match of the weekend, falling to Sonoma State 14-7 on Friday evening. The Cougars, who were coming off a dramatic 9-8 sudden death victory over Occidental last Saturday, had a trio of players with two goals, and got an impressive performance from junior Megan Minekime.
Minekime drew a match-high seven ejections, helping Azusa Pacific to three 6-on-5 goals, and added two goals and a steal. She also drew a 5-meter and forced a turnover. Courtney Folsom recorded three steals in the loss, and Jessica Armagost tallied 12 saves and a pair of takeaways.
Taylor Whitney found the back of the net twice, lifting her season total to 14, while Brittany Garrigan netted a pair of scores to post her second multi-goal match of the year. Whitney chipped in with two steals, and Alynn Reade posted a team-high two assists.
Azusa Pacific found itself in a 5-0 hole after the first quarter, and went into the half trailing 7-2. The Seawolves outscored the Cougars 4-2 in the third, and registered three of the five fourth quarter goals to come away with the win.
Lora Donaldson added a score, while Alyssa Hess and Jennifer Horchler recorded assists. Azusa Pacific will return to action on Saturday when it takes on the Olympic Club team, comprising of current and former Olympians, and Santa Clara.