CSUN’s water polo splits at Triton Invitational over weekend

Monique Muñiz

With a mindset of building momentum in the young season, the Cal State Northridge water polo team finished 2-2 in the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego this weekend.

CSUN played four games in two days against Cal State Bakersfield, No. 6 Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State and Hartwick.

CSUN vs. Cal State Bakersfield

The Matadors (6-5) first matchup was against the Roadrunners and came out with a 13-11 victory.

“It felt good to get that first win under our belt,” Heidi Pettinger said. “They used everything they had against us, but we stuck to our system and came out with the win.”

In a game that was close from the start, CSUN came through with four goals in two periods.

Whitney Delgado led the offense with seven goals in the game and Nicole Concialdi had nine saves.

CSUN vs. Loyola Marymount

In their second meeting of the season, No. 6 LMU defeated the Matadors 11-6.

Northridge had a 3-3 tie after the first period, but did not score any goals in  the second and fourth period. CSUN’s Melissa Doll scored two goals in the game while Concialdi had eight saves.

CSUN vs. Long Beach State

In the second day of play, the Matadors faced the 49ers and fell 10-7.

CSUN led at the half 4-3, but with the defense collapsing, the 49ers offense surged for five goals in the third to get by Northridge.Doll had another two goals in the game.

CSUN vs. Hartwick

The last game of the Triton Invitational the Matadors faced Hartwick for the seventh spot of the tourney.

With seven seconds left in the game, Delgado passed to Sydney Sonoda for the game-winning goal to give CSUN a 11-10 victory.

Northridge trailed 8-7 after three periods, but came back with four goals in the last period.

Matador goalkeeper Dana Harvey had eight saves. Delgado ended the tournament with 11 goals.

“We were happy coming out of the tournament 2-2,” Pettinger said. “That last goal by Sydney (Sonoda) just sealed the whole weekend for us.”