The defending state champs race out to a 9-0 lead to beat the Beavers

CORVALLIS — The Beaverton girls water polo team did a lot of good things this year.

The Beavers came together to compete in the newly-formed West Metro League, they held their own in one of the state's toughest leagues, and they won a spot in the Oregon High School State Playoffs.

But the challenge there — facing defending state champion Tualatin on Saturday at Osborn Aquatic Center — was just too great. The powerful Timberwolves, the second-place team from the Pacific Conference, blasted out to a 9-0 first-quarter lead against the Beavers and rode that fast start to a 17-2 victory over the Beavers.

by: DAN BROOD - AT STATE - Beaverton sophomore Hailey Hecht looks to do pass the ball with Tualatin freshman Arielle Elisara behind during the Beavers' Saturday loss at Osborn Aquatic Center.

Beaverton, the third-place finishers from the West Metro League, ended their year at 5-8. Tualatin advanced to the first round of the State Championship Tournament later on Saturday and beat South Eugene 10-2 to win a berth in the state semifinals. Tualatin will face Barlow at 5 p.m. Friday in that game at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

In Tualatin's fast first quarter on Saturday, Sarah Visse and Maddison Berggren had three goals each for the Timberwolves and the Beavers just couldn't match them. Beaverton came back with its best quarter in the second period and outscored the Wolves 2-0 to close within 9-2 on goals by Kaitlyn Wright and Madeline Motto, but got no closer the rest of the day.

Ashley Elisara and Berggren scored twice each for Tualatin in their team's 5-0 third quarter and rolled onto the big win.

This year's Beaverton team will graduate just three seniors, McKenzie Mengis, Kristy Rutz and Motto.

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