Tualatin picks up a 20-2 victory over rival Newberg

by: DAN BROOD - TIMBERWOLF ATTACK -- Tualatin High School senior Emily Watt (left) looks to fire a shot past Newberg's Katie Kisling during last week's Pacific Conference match. The Timberwolves posted a 20-2 victory. TUALATIN — More than 10 months had passed.

And the teams were somewhat different.

But that didn’t seem to put the slightest dimmer on the faces of the smiling players on the Tualatin High School girls water polo team.

With good reason.

The Timberwolves, who fell 15-6 to Newberg in the 2012 state championship game, got at least a bit of redemption — in impressive style — as they roared to a 20-2 win over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference game played Oct. 2 at the Tualatin Swim Center.

“Honestly, this is the best feeling ever,” Tualatin junior Madison Berggren said after the game. “It’s such a rivalry.”

“It’s rewarding to beat them,” Timberwolf junior Marisa Lovos added. “We’ve got a big rivalry with them. Everyone played well.”

“These rivalry games are always super fun,” Berggren said. “Especially when we win.”

With the victory, Tualatin improved to 5-0 in Pacific Conference games. Newberg moved to 4-1 in conference play.

Last week’s game marked the second time Tualatin has bested the Tigers since last year’s state title game. The Wolves got a 12-4 win over Newberg back on Sept. 14 during play at the Newberg tournament.

“It’s nice to beat them,” Lovos said with a smile.

It didn’t take the Timberwolves long to get going in last week’s contest with the Tigers.

Lovos scored off a pass from Berggren, who then scored off an assist from senior Emily Watt, coming from the right corner, to give Tualatin a 2-0 lead two minutes into the game.

Another goal by Berggren, coming off a pass from sophomore Arielle Elisara following a steal, pushed the early margin to 3-0 with 4 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, on the defensive end, Tualatin wasn’t allowing the Tigers to get a prime shot at the Timberwolf goal. And, the shots Newberg did get, on attempts by sophomores Victoria Johnson and Alena Lidey, were saved by Tualatin senior goalie Kate McDonnell.

The Wolves, working their offense in an extremely efficient manner, got another goal by Berggren off a pass by sophomore Zoe Linford, a goal by sophomore Ashley Elisara off a pass from Lovos, a goal by Lovos off an assist from Berggren and a breakaway goal by Berggren off a long pass by Ashley Elisara to push the margin to 7-0 with 1:16 remaining in the first quarter.

Arielle Elisara added another goal, coming on a short-range shot off a pass from Lovos, to make the score 8-0 with 28.4 seconds left in the period.

McDonnell then got in the scoring act. After grabbing a long, last-second attempt by Newberg goalie Grace Brockie, McDonnell scored on a quick, length-of-the-pool shot as horn sounded, giving Tualatin a commanding 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

It was more of the same in the second quarter.

Berggren scored two quick goals to start the period and Lovos scored a breakaway goal following a steal and pass by Berggren to make the score 12-0 with 4:40 left in the quarter.

Berggren added two more goals and Lovos and Watt scored one apiece later in the period to give the Wolves a 16-0 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter, Tualatin got a goal from Ashley Elisara and one from Lovos to push the lead to 18-0. Meanwhile, McDonnell had two more saves in the period, including a leaping grab of a shot by Johnson, to keep the shutout intact going into the fourth quarter.

Watt scored on a shot from the left side to up the margin to 19-0 with 6:09 left to play. Newberg finally got on the scoreboard on a goal by sophomore Elizabeth Andrews coming with 5:48 remaining in the contest.

From there, Newberg got a goal by Anderson and Tualatin countered with a goal by Watt to make the final score 20-2.

“We had a lot of drive today,” Berggren said. “We came out strong from the start. This was good, but we can still improve a lot.”

“We can keep getting better,” Lovos said.

Berggren scored eight goals for the Wolves in the win. Lovos added five goals while Ashely Elisara, Arielle Elisara and Watt scored two goals apiece.

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