The Carpinteria High girls water polo team began their quest for the CIF title Tuesday, taking on Cerritos High at home in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 6 bracket.
The Warriors (15-5) led by as many as five goals Tuesday, but gritty play from the Dons kept them in it until, ultimately, Carpinteria won 10-9.
Senior Sadie Mead was the key cog for the Warriors, scoring a game-high five goals throughout the game and was crucial for the Warriors’ success.
Sophomore Briana Rodriguez also had a solid outing, registering a hat trick of her own.
Carpinteria led 8-3 at the break before Cerritos responded with a 3-0 third period. The Warriors then scored a pair of goals in the fourth and tough defense delivered them the win.
Carpinteria will host Rowland High on Thursday in the second round at 5 p.m.
MALIBU 2, CATE 1
The Rams lost their CIF-SS Div. 6 Wild Card game on Tuesday at Malibu, dropping the contest 2-1, ending their season.
No other game details were available at time of press.
COLORADO CHRISTIAN 4, WESTMONT 3
Charlie Marschall singled home a run in the top of the 11th inning to give Colorado Christian the win over Westmont. The Warriors used eight pitchers in the game, with five of them throwing just one inning apiece to get some work.
Devin Perez had the best day at the plate for Westmont, as he collected two hits — one of which was a home run — and had two runs batted in.
The Warriors dropped to 5-5.
SBCC 9, SANTA MONICA 0
Kelly Coulson, Jamaica Buyse, Maura Mannix, Joica Buyse, Ashley Allen and Sydney Paillon all won their singles matches for the Vaqueros, and none of them dropped a set.
SBCC improved to 4-1 and 3-0 in the Western State Conference with its fourth straight victory. The Vaqueros also extended their winning streak in conference to 18 straight matches going back to the 2018 season.
SBCC 12, L.A. VALLEY 3
L.A. Valley committed four errors, and two of its pitchers surrendered 10 walks to aid the Vaqueros, who got their first win of the season after six losses to open their campaign.
Sophomore left-hander Paige Powell tossed all six innings for SBCC. She allowed three runs on seven hits.