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Wildcats pick up Metro win over Warriors

Westview gets a much-needed win over Aloha's boys
by: Miles Vance GIVING CHASE — Aloha's Alaa Alokby (right) and Westview's Noah Hofhiens race to the ball during Westview's win on Oct. 13.

CEDAR MILL - Westview's boys water polo team needs to get right and needs to get there in a hurry.

The Wildcats took an important step in the right direction on Oct. 13 when it knocked off Aloha 12-8 at Sunset Swim Center for their second Metro League win of 2011. That victory, coupled with a 10-5 loss to Lincoln on Tuesday, took Westview's Metro record to 2-5 and left it in fifth place overall.

After 'we lost so many seniors from last year, it helps that this year we have a few games to get the new guys some playing time,' Westview senior Dusan Micic said after the win over Aloha. 'We just have to practice it in the pool the way we want to play it, but I think we have a shot.'

'It was a great opportunity to day to work on our areas of weakness,' said Westview coach Dan Guidoux. 'A lot of it was pressure passing and just getting our hips underneath us.'

The Warriors, meanwhile, lost again on Tuesday to league-leading Southridge by 16-3 and fell to 0-7 in the Metro.

'I felt both teams gave it their all,' said Aloha senior David Banks, who scored twice against Westview. 'Our main goal was to press on defense. We were trying to make it so they couldn't get the ball anywhere, and for the most part, we did pretty good on defense.'

'Especially on defense, we were pressing the ball much better and communicating on switches,' said Aloha coach Thomas Traudt. 'That's the biggest improvement I've seen through the year.'

The Wildcats hit it hard early in last week's game, getting three goals in the first quarter from Tal Lind and two from Tal Lind to grab a 5-1 lead it would never relinquish. Aloha's lone score in that period came from sophomore Justin Hua, who led his team in scoring with three goals.

Westview pushed that lead to 6-1 when Lind made a steal and fed Bishop for a breakaway in the first minute of the second quarter, but Aloha answered. First, Hua connected on a penalty shot, and then the Warriors got a counterattack score from Alaa Alokby to close within 6-3 midway through the period.

But Westview answered in kind, putting together three straight goals to help it take a 9-4 lead into the half. Lind and Devanshu Awasthi both scored within a minute, and teammate Andy Schubert connected with 50 seconds to go in the half before Aloha's Jared Rice scored with eight seconds left before the half.

The Wildcats substituted freely in the third quarter and the Warriors took advantage with a 3-0 run, getting goals from Christian Woodman, Hua and Banks to cut the Westview lead to 9-7.

Westview made sure this one didn't get away, though, opening the fourth quarter with three goals of its own to pull away, getting a tough shot from Mel Comoda on the left side, a break from Lind assisted by Bishop), and a Bishop break to make it 12-7 with 2:34 left in the contest.

Banks took a pass from Collin Rice and scored inside with 57 seconds left but it was too little and too late for the Warriors.

'When it was time to get some of the newer players in, we got them in, and when we needed help, we got the starters back in,' Micic said. 'But we didn't want to go in overconfident because you never know.'

'One of our weaknesses was we kept getting beat down the pool, so we were trying to fix that,' Banks added. 'We tried our best, but we got beat a lot.'

Lind led Westview with five goals and Bishop added four, while Hua paced Aloha with three.

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