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Wildcats Begin Competition at Cal Lutheran Invitational
Sadie Dutcher recorded four goals on the first day of the invite.

Feb. 28, 2014

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Villanova women's water polo team dropped its first two matches of the Cal Lutheran Invitational Friday.

Sarina Shibata and Naomi Ng each recorded five goals on the day as the Wildcats fell 16-11 to CSU Bakersfield and 9-8 to Pomona-Pitzer.

Game 1: CSU Bakersfield 16, Villanova 11
Naomi Ng led the team with three goals while Callan Edwards, Sadie Dutcher and Sarina Shibata each scored two goals for the Wildcats.

"I think we all did a really good job of keeping our head in the game till the very end and pushing each other to perform at a high level," said Ng. "We were really productive on both offense and defense and everyone who played contributed to the game significantly. There wasn't just one or two people making everything happen it was a team effort."

Edwards got Villanova off to a 1-0 start, but the Roadrunners responded quickly and took a 4-1 lead. The Wildcats fought back in the second quarter and finished the half down 9-6.

Villanova got within two goals early in the third quarter but finished the period down 13-9. The Wildcats continued to press in the fourth but finished the game down 16-11.

Netminder Maddi Moore finished the game with nine saves.

Game 2: Pomona-Pitzer 9, Villanova 8
Sarina Shibata scored three goals and Sadie Dutcher and Naomi Ng each added two in the game. Callan Edwards also scored a goal.



"I thought we really came together and put together four quarters of competitive water polo," said Dutcher. "We stayed positive and worked as a team the whole time."

The Sage Hens got on the board first, but the Wildcats kept up and finished the quarter down 3-2. The teams played back and forth in the second quarter and the teams went into halftime tied 6-6.

Pomona-Pitzer took the lead back in the third quarter and the teams went into the fourth period with the Sage Hens up, 9-7.

The Wildcats defense buckled down and did not allow another Pomona-Pitzer goal in the game. Villanova scored with 1:21 left to go in the game to cut the lead to one but were unable to tie the game.

Goalkeeper Julie Conrath made eight saves in the contest.

The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow against UC Santa Barbara at 10:30 a.m. and versus Occidental at 4:45 p.m. Both game times are Eastern.