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Cats win key contest over Beavers

The Wildcats beat Beaverton 9-4 to win for the fourth straight time
by: Miles Vance WATER WORLD — Westview's Madi McGlone (left) and Julianne O'Connor team up to defend Beaverton's Madeline Motto during Westview's 9-4 win at Beaverton Swim Center on Oct. 20.

CEDAR MILL - The Westview girls water polo team is on a good old-fashioned roll.

The Wildcats won for the fourth straight time on Oct. 20 at Sunset Swim Center, beating Beaverton 9-4 at Beaverton Swim Center and taking over first place in the Metro League race in the process. The win lifted Westview's Metro record to 7-1 and gave it a one-game lead over both Beaverton and Lincoln at 6-2.

'We've been working really well as a team,' explained Westview senior Emily England, who scored once in the win over Beaverton. 'No one's had to carry anyone so it's been really great to see the teamwork we have together.'

'We started out a little rough, but once we decided to unify as a team and not only work harder, but work harder mentally and connect in a personal way, that's when we were able to work as a team in the pool and that's what's really helped us,' said Westview shallow-end goalie Katie Oliver.

Beaverton, meanwhile, saw its four-game winning streak snapped, but vowed to come back strong in the postseason.

'We just have to work on our shooting,' said junior April Snodgrass, who had one of her team's four goals. 'We had a ton of opportunities and we didn't put most of them away. That's a big one.'

'We have a tendency to let our emotions get into the game which is really bad,' added junior Brooke Nelson, who also scored once. But 'we just talk about them and try to work through them.'

The first half was a back-and-forth affair that never saw Westview lead by more than two scores, the Cats getting first-quarter goals from Madi McGlone, Annie Arcuri and England, while the Beavers answered with scores from Elaine Marshall and Madeline Motto to stay within 3-2.

The second quarter brought more of the same, with Katie Wills taking a pass from Julianne O'Connor and scoring on a backhand to make it 4-2 early in the period, and Snodgrass answering on a long shot with 2 minutes, 36 seconds remaining before halftime.

Oliver, in the field for the second quarter, then connected with 28 seconds remaining in the half to make it 5-3 at the break.

After more than five minutes of scoreless play in the third quarter, McGlone hit with 24 seconds left in the stanza to make it 6-3, Nelson took a Snodgrass pass and scored from the right side 12 seconds later, and Arcuri connected in the final second to extend Westview's lead to 7-4.

The Wildcats then shut the Beavers out in the final six minutes, taking on scores from Kathleen Sundin and McGlone for the final 9-4 margin.

Afterward, Westview credited its win to its strong defensive effort.

'We've been working on our defense and our goalies have been really great for us,' England said.

'It's just anticipation of shots,' Oliver said. 'Once you play a team a few times, you get to know who their main shooters are and where the shots come from.'

The Beavers, meanwhile, left determined to get back on track and extend their season as long as possible.

'There's a lot in that game we could have done better, but we'll work on it,' Snodgrass said.

'Probably one of the big ones is getting back on defense, being intense and drawing fouls,' Nelson said. 'I think we'll be able to do it. We all really want it. (The seniors) don't want to end this year on a bad note.'