Carpinteria sophomore girls water polo standout Giulia Piccoletti scored nine goals in two wins at the Oxnard Tournament Saturday, helping the Warriors turn around the previous day’s 0-2 showing.
Piccoletti had five goals in an 8-3 victory over Malibu, and then came back to score four goals in a 7-4 win against Thousand Oaks.
Against Malibu, three of Piccoletti’s goals came in the first period, two from the center position and one on a breakaway counterattack. The Warriors went on to build up a 6-2 halftime lead against the Sharks.
Lilli Nemetz added two goals and Kate Isaac one to round out the Warrior scoring. Otsuki had 12 blocked shots and 3 assists. Goalie Erin Otsuki had 12 saves and three assists.
In the second game, Carpinteria and Thousand Oaks battled to a 3-3 halftime score. Midway through the third period, Piccoletti took an inadvertent elbow to the mouth and had to be substituted, as the period ended with the teams tied at 4.
Returning to the game, Piccoletti took the fourth quarter into her own hands, scoring the remaining three goals for the 7-4 win, one on a step-out shot from the center position, one on a 2-on-1 breakaway and the final when she beat the goalie, who had come out of the cage.
Adding to Piccoletti’s four goals, Francis Bennett scored twice on 5-meter penalty shots and Taylor Classen scored from the two spot on a 6-v-5 situation. Erin Otsuki had 13 blocks and 2 assists for the game.
On Friday, Carpinteria lost to Division 2 power Ventura 10-1 and to Newbury Park 6-1.
The Warriors’ 2-2 finish in the tournament gives them a record of 10-6 for the season. They are 2-0 in the Citrus Coast League, and resume league play Thursday at Channel Islands.