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‘Dogs open strong in Golden Coast Conference

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Bulldog attacker Kaitlin Howarth throws ball at the Aquatics Center on March 9.

The Fresno State water polo team put out a dominating performance against Cal Baptist University to open the Golden Coast Conference play, following a tough loss against No. 5 University of Southern California in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

Fresno State defeated the Lancers, 20-4 on March 9 at the Aquatics Center.

The first period of the game was dominated by Fresno State, putting up a total of 12 goals against the Lancers. Five of those went unanswered within the first six minutes of the game, while Cal Baptist only scored one goal.

Utility player Brooke Ochoa got the Bulldogs off to a quick start by making the first goal within the first 20 seconds of the game.

The Bulldogs’ defense played a big part in keeping the Lancers from scoring with multiple saves from goalie Paula Nieto Jasny.

“Hey, [the players] set the tone, you set the pace you guys need to be the one that really put people back on their toes,” said Fresno State Head Coach Natalie Benson

The second period only had points from Bulldog players Ashley Williams, Susanna Martinez, Hailey Andress and two by Brooke Ochoa.

The third and fourth periods consisted of the same dominance the Bulldogs were producing all game, with goals coming from Robyn Greenslade, Elisa Grim, Aryanah Tellez, Haley Andress, Ella Simone and Sidney Strickland. This gave the dogs a final score of 20-4.

Among those who scored within the second half, one player had a special moment. Only as a sophomore, attacker Hailey Andress scored her 100th career goal.

Bulldog attacker Hailey Andress looks down in the Aquatics Center on March 9. (Marcos Acosta)

“She’s Hailey Houdini, She has a unique shot, and a unique whip and a good eye for the cage,” Benson said.

Fresno State is now 13-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs prepare to take on San Diego State on March 16 at the Aquatics Center.

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