The Saddleback women's water polo team won its first Orange Empire Conference match of the season on Wednesday with a 20-7 victory over Santa Ana College at the Saddleback pool. The Gauchos had 12 different players score in the win.
Saddleback improved to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in OEC after jumping to a quick start and never looking back. The Gauchos darted to a 5-0 lead in the first 4.5 minutes, with Makenna Duty scoring just 17 seconds into the game to set the tone. Duty would score again with 1:20 remaining in the opening quarter as the Gauchos raced to a 7-1 lead after the opening frame.
Things settled down for the next 1.5 quarters as Saddleback had a chance to get a number of fresh bodies into the game. The Gauchos then distanced themselves in the final 10 minutes of the match, outscoring a tired Santa Ana squad 10-3.
Saddleback will play again in the Mt. SAC Invitational on Friday and Saturday.