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Wildcat girls polo still going at state

Westview's girls still alive and playing for a shot at fifth at state
by: Miles Vance UNDER PRESSURE – Westview senior Emily England battles to get off a shot at the state tournament in Corvallis on Friday.

CORVALLIS - Westview's girls water polo team wanted a shot at the best.

The Metro League champion Wildcats got just that at the Oregon State High School Water Polo Playoffs on Friday, racing past Centennial 17-2 in their tournament opener, then dropping a 17-4 decision to perennial power Newberg. Both games were held at Osborn Aquatic Center.

Those two results moved Westview's season record to 14-3.

The Wildcats will next face David Douglas in the fifth-place semifinal game at Osborn Aquatic Center at 7:30 a.m. Friday. With a win there, Westview would face either Beaverton or Lincoln in the fifth-place match at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Osborn.

In the win over Centennial, Westview's Madi McGlone broke out with three first-quarter goals and teammate Annie Arcuri two to help the Wildcats grab a 5-0 lead they would never relinquish.

The Wildcats then erased any Centennial comeback hopes - and did so decisively - in a 7-1 second quarter. Six different players scored there for Westview, with Virginia LaGrow connecting twice as the Cats extended their lead to 12-1 at the half.

'We've been working really hard on drive defense lately so we were able to do a lot more driving and we were able to have a lot of good passes,' said McGlone, a junior who finished with four goals. 'That's our goal, to stay connected together and communicate a lot and make sure we're all on the same level.'

'I was really proud that a lot of the girls on our team stepped up,' added senior captain Emily England. 'I was really proud that everyone took a shot … and our defense has really improved a lot. We're excited to see where it takes us.'

In the short run, it took the Cats head-long into a match-up with Pacific Conference runner-up Newberg. And on Friday, the Tigers - also 2010 state runners-up, were just too much.

Newberg raced out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead behind Cassie Beecher's four scores, added three more goals from Emmie Schmidt in the second as the advantage grew to 12-0. and coasted home from there. McGlone scored twice in the fourth to lead her team, while Katie Wills and Arcuri also scored in the fourth.

We knew it was 'going to be a rough game,' McGlone said. We just wanted to 'come out ready and do what we can.'

Schmidt led Newberg with five goals.

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