SBCC women’s water polo wins fifth straight at home

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Nicole Wong

City college women's waterpolo utility player, Abdiel "AJ" Gravatt (No.17) scores against Pierce College goalie Sarah Karp (No.1) and field player Isabella McNealy (No.6) during the game at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The Vaqueros beat the Brahmas 12-6.

STEVEN WELLBROCK, Sports Editor

The City College women’s water polo team took care of business at home beating LA Pierce College 12-6 Wednesday at San Marcos High School.

Vaqueros Rocio Fesembeck (No. 12) and Maddie Brooks (No.6) each produced hat tricks on the evening for City College who beat out the LA Pierce Brahma Bulls to stretch their win streak to five.

City College (10-10, 3-1) did not waste any time coming out aggressive against the Brahma Bulls (1-7, 1-3). Opening seconds of the contest, Autumn Lovette (No. 11) found the net beating out LA Pierce defenders to start off the match strong.

Riding off that aggression, Fesembeck scored almost immediately afterwards. Besides these quick scores, the Vaqueros found themselves trying to find a real rhythm in their offense for much of the first quarter.

“It’s tough when you start changing some stuff up,” said head coach Chuckie Roth. “Your flows go out the door real quick, and that’s tough.”

Luckily the Vaqueros have a strong presence on offense. Coming into the game leading the Western State Conference in goals with 83, Fesembeck left the pool with 88 goals, 12 short of a landmark season of 100.

“I want to get into the 100 club so bad,” said Fesembeck enthusiastically. After the first period, City College was up 3-0 looking for someone to step up and take the game into the hands of the home team.

Pierce drew first blood in the second quarter with a goal from Isabella McNealy (No. 6). Fesembeck took it personally and scored her 85th goal of the year on a power move to put her team up three. It was a tennis match that broke out in the pool when McNealy turned around and matched her goal count with Fesembeck answering with her second of the day.

The first half showed no dominant players, as City College spread the wealth around with three players earning goals for the Vaqueros early. The second half started better for the Red and Black, this time Brooks with her second goal of the contest adding on to her team’s lead which grew to four.

That lead stayed with City College for quite some time trading goals with Pierce throughout half number two. The Bulls were looking to stage a late comeback pulling within a couple goals, but Fesembeck did what she has been doing all season long, taking matters into her own hands extending her team’s advantage in the fourth quarter to five.

The lead was protected as City College let the clock run down to zero beating out the Brahma Bulls 12-6 at home. Fesembeck led all players with five goals in the contest, and her teammate Brooks acknowledges her teammate’s skill set.

“She’s really good, she’s awesome,” said Brooks. “She makes me better.”

City College plays host again in their next match against Citrus College at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at San Marcos.