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Wildcats click, win vs. Beavs

Westview's boys score 10 straight goals to race past Beaverton 11-3
by: MILES VANCE, SPLASHFEST — Beaverton’s Matt McLinden beats Westview’s Tom Traudt to a ball during the Beavers’ 11-3 loss to the Wildcats at Sunset Swim Center last Thursday afternoon.

CEDAR MILL - Westview's boys water polo team caught Beaverton without its coach last Thursday, and held the Beavers without offense, for a good portion of the two teams' match at Sunset Swim Center.

The Wildcats got five goals from Tom Traudt, and pitched two shutout quarters in the middle of their game against the Beavers, to win 11-3 at Sunset Swim Center. The win, along with a 6-5 win over Sunset on Tuesday, lifted Westview's record to 9-1 in Metro League play and kept the Wildcats in sole possession of first place.

'Everyone was really clicking today,' said Traudt. 'It's nice when we click. When we all play together, we do good and it works really nice.'

We're 'down a player, a starter, so (the boys are) a little worried,' said Westview coach Jeff Lee. 'They know that every game counts from here on out so I don't think they're going to take any game we have in the league lightly now.'

For Beaverton, which also lost to Southridge on Tuesday and fell to 3-6, Thursday's game started promisingly, then deteriorated amid Westview's tough defense and accurate shooting. Beaverton stepped out quickly against the Wildcats, getting a 15-yard goal from Steve Curtis midway through the first quarter to give his team a 1-0 lead.

And after Traudt tied the score at 1-1 20 seconds later, Beaverton's Ethan Balgley boosted his team back into the lead when he scored off a Curtis assist with 2:13 remaining in the opening frame.

But that was it for Beaverton's offensive highlights on Thursday.

Westview's Scott Tienken scored from the right side on an assist by Kyle Wilson with 17 seconds left in the first quarter, a goal that started a streak of 10 straight Wildcat scores and marked the beginning of the end for the Beavers.

The Wildcats added four unanswered goals in the second quarter, two each by Traudt and Nima Ahmadi, then added five more in the third (two each by Traudt and Zach Helm and one by Wilson) to boost their lead to 11-2 before Beaverton finally scored again. The Beavers' final goal of the day came with just 36 seconds left to play when Matt McLinden came through to score in a man-up situation.

'Right off the bat, compared to last game, our passes were that much better,' Traudt said. 'Today we came out strong and Beaverton kind of had the same effect we had last game; they kind of felt frustrated and their offense ended up getting a little slower which made it easier for us and momentum just kept building for us.'

We had 'cooperation, we were passing the ball, moving it very well, getting it where it needs to be, and we couldn't miss either,' Lee said.

In upcoming games, Westview faces Lincoln at Aloha at 4 p.m. today (Thursday) and faces Hillsboro at Beaverton at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Beaverton next plays at Sunset at 4 p.m. Tuesday.