Defense, Cats rule in polo win over Apollos
Westview pitches a shutout to beat Sunset 4-0 in Metro League play
CEDAR MILL - It was a day for defense when the Sunset girls water polo team welcomed Westview to the Sunset Swim Center last week.
The Apollos defended their home pool admirably in the Oct. 6 contest, allowing only four goals in the game. But the Wildcats did them one better - or four better to be exact.
Westview pitched a shutout at the Apollos, using their clamp-down defense to lead the way to their 4-0 win over Sunset. That win, along with a xx-xx win over Southridge on Tuesday, lifted the Wildcats to 3-1 and sole possession of second place in the Metro League behind 5-0 Lincoln.
'We were able to shut them out so that was solid,' said Westview coach Dan Guidoux. 'It was something I've been emphasizing this week, that we get back on defense and cover which is good.'
The Apollos, meanwhile, broke through for their second league win on Tuesday, beating Aloha xx-xx to move to 2-3.
'Any time a team can only score four goals on you, it's good,' said Sunset coach Doug Keller. 'And in the second half, there were no goals whatsoever.'
The day's defense made Westview senior Emily England's contributions even more important. England notched two goals in the game's first quarter, then scored twice more in the second to give Westview a 4-0 lead that it would keep the rest of the way.
'We only scored four goals ourselves which worries me a little bit. We need to score more than that,' Guidoux said. 'But for girls, especially, when it gets slowed down to a half-court offense, that's when you see the girls with the real skills come through.'
And on this day, England's offense - set up by teammates Annie Arcuri, Katie Oliver, Julianne O'Connor, Katie Wills and Madi McGlone - was more than enough.
For its part, Sunset - led by Julianna Collins, Liza Overholser, Jensen Pfleiger, Cassandra Dieterich, Sydney Keller and Soraya Go - left knowing it just needs to get better and needs to get the ball in the back of the net.
'We put up a lot of shots, but for whatever reason, they just didn't go in,' Keller said. 'But that's something we can work on. I think it's just a matter of time until we consistently start winning games.'
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