The Cats take out Aloha and Lincoln to close in on first place in league
by: Miles Vance PRESSURE — Aloha’s Grace Lee tries to pass while defended by Westview’s Kathleen Sundin last week.

CEDAR MILL - It was all about the set-up for the Westview girls water polo team last week.

The Wildcats, facing short-handed Aloha at Sunset Swim Center on Oct. 13, knew they'd win - the Warriors were forced to forfeit a 5-0 decision - but also knew they needed to get ready for this week too. Westview, playing for a shot at one of the Metro League's top spots, notched a 6-5 decision over previously unbeaten Lincoln on Tuesday, and faces league-leading Beaverton at Beaverton Swim Center at 4 p.m. today (Thursday). The Wildcats are currently 5-1 in league play, while Aloha - which lost to Southridge 5-0 on Tuesday - fell to 0-5.

'We've gotten a lot better since the beginning of the season,' said Westview senior Annie Arcuri. 'A lot of the freshman came in not knowing a lot about water polo, but now they're taking their shots, scoring goals and doing awesome things and improving a lot.'

The Warriors, who filled out their roster last week with a couple players from the Aloha boys team, just focused on getting better.

'Today, I finally saw some more shots out of the girls, which is just what I want to see, especially from the ones who've played,' said Aloha coach Thomas Traudt.

Westview dominated the first half of its game against Aloha, pushing across two goals in the opening quarter, then adding four more in the second to take a 6-0 advantage into the break. Arcuri scored her team's first goal 2 minutes, 51 seconds into the game, then set up teammate Katy Wills on a counterattack to make it 2-0 with 34 seconds to go in that first frame. But Aloha goalie Jenna Flynn played well and smothered several Westview attacks to keep her team's deficit at just 2-0.

The Wildcats then added four goals from four different players in the second period, with Arcuri striking first on a pass from Emily England, Julianne O'Connor coming through with a lob over the Aloha goalie, then getting breakaways from Wills and Presley Roberts to make it 6-0.

'We were trying to set the ball and work on our sweeps, just controlling the ball in general,' Arcuri said.

Westview continued to play well in the second half, though Aloha's Mackenzie Torres broke through for her team's first score two minutes into the third period. Katie Oliver answered for the Wildcats at the end of the quarter, and Westview then added three straight at the start of the fourth to lead 10-1.

Torres then scored on a long shot for her team's final goal with 1:07 left to play.

'What I like about the girls game, even though it didn't happen a lot tonight, when they score it's usually a team effort,' Traudt said. 'It's usually good pressing, a block by our goalie, a nice pass and a counter. It takes everyone to do the right thing in those situations.'

Now, with this game in hand, Westview set its sights on the upcoming excitement looming ahead of it in league play.

'I think we can win Metro,' Arcuri said. 'We have two big games next week. We're looking to win them and take Metro.'

'Next week is our biggest week, playing both Lincoln and Beaverton, both away,' Westview coach Dan Guidoux added. 'They're the two other best teams in the Metro League. It was good preparation.'

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