A banged-up Cuesta College women’s water polo team missing two starters to injury lost a pair of games Friday at the Battle of the Beach tournament in Cypress.
The Cougars (18-8) lost 16-8 to Long Beach City College and 12-8 to Ventura College.
Rebecca Hernandez scored five goals over the two games, including a hat trick in the loss to Long Beach. Emily Crane scored two goals in each game, and Paso Robles High graduate Jessica Reaves scored two goals in the loss to Ventura. Daci Hughes also scored twice against Ventura.
Goalie Sam Baker made nine saves in three quarters during the loss to Long Beach.
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The tournament continues today, with Cuesta playing against Citrus College and then taking on the winner of the Sierra-Cerritos game.