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Wildcat girls stay strong, win 12-0

There may be no Metro title this year, but the Cats plan to finish well
by: MILES VANCE, PRESSURE ‘D’ — Westview senior Katie Peront (right) pressures Aloha’s Lydia Kusnadi during the Wildcats’ 12-0 win at Sunset Swim Center on Tuesday.

CEDAR MILL - Two league losses to Southridge may have doused the Westview girls water polo team's hopes of a Metro title, but that doesn't mean the Wildcats are ready to give up on 2006.

Not by a long shot. Westview, which lost to Southridge 8-4 last Thursday, came back strong on Tuesday, shutting out Aloha 12-0 at Sunset Swim Center to improve to 6-2 in league and take sole possession of second place.

The Wildcats did it behind a smothering defense that made it tough for the Warriors (3-5) to even pass, let alone get off any uncontested shots.

'I think our defense was pretty strong in this game. We had a lot of steals and counter attacks,' said senior Katie Peront, who had three goals against the Warriors. 'We really came together in this game and we really wanted to win.'

After the game, Westview coach Jeff Lee marveled at his team's defensive effort and thoughtful performance.

'That's something I've never been able to get the boys to do (play with good defensive position),' he said. 'The girls always do it fairly well - they play in the lanes and deny the pass anywhere.'

The Warriors, meanwhile, hampered by the absence of three of its regulars, were not disappointed with their play despite the one-sided final score.

'I was pleased with our girls play,' Aloha coach Kevin Bebb said. 'We were missing three key players, so getting our varsity starters healthy and back into the pool turns that into a dramatically different game.'

The Warriors' defense was solid as can be in the first half, with Derrah recording 11 of her 14 saves to help limit Westview's lead to just 3-0.

'She's a phenomenal goalie, phenomenal,' Bebb said of Derrah.

All three of Westview's first-half goals came in the opening quarter, including two by Kim Johnson in just over a minute and a half and the third from Peront with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the period.

Then, after a scoreless second period, the Wildcats dramatically strengthened their lead with a five-goal third quar

ter, getting two each from Peront and Johnson and single scores from Theresa Sundin and Nicole Johnson. Westview was especially effective early in the quarter, scoring its first three goals in just over two minutes.

The Warriors tried to strike in the final period, getting two solid shots from Hanna Reidner, but each time, Wildcat keeper Kelsey Fanshier was up to the challenge.

'I think our goalie did well also,' Peront said. 'Our team has a pretty strong defense most of the time, and that's when the offense comes around too.'

Westview closed out its day with a four-goal fourth period, with Kim Johnson adding three more to finish with a team-leading total of seven, and the final score coming from Peront.

'The first half we held them to 3-0, but after that, we got tired,' Bebb said. 'And it's a lot easier to score goals when you have scored, so when you start out with zero, it's tough to keep it going.'

In upcoming games, Westview hosts Beaverton at Sunset Swim Center at 5 p.m. today (Thursday) and faces Sunset back at Sunset Swim Center at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Aloha hosts Sunset at Aloha Swim Center at 5 p.m. today and hosts Hillsboro at 5 p.m. Tuesday.