The Wolves get a 13-3 victory against rival Tigard

by: DAN BROOD - BIG SCORER -- Madison Berggren (10) of Tualatin takes aim at the Tigard goal during the match held at the Tigard Swim Center.TIGARD — The Tualatin High School girls water polo team, which is the two-time defending state champion, has some new faces in the pool this season.

That said, the Timberwolves say they are taking things one step at a time this season.

Well, on Sept. 26, Tualatin took another step — and it was a fun one.

The Wolves, behind an impressive defensive showing, powered their way to a 13-3 win over rival Tigard in a Pacific Conference game held at the Tigard Swim Center.

“It’s fun to play your rivals,” said Tualatin’s Madison Berggren, who scored a game-high seven goals for the Wolves in the win. “It’s friendly competition. We’re all close friends, and that makes it more fun.”

While the Tualatin team may have had plenty of fun in last week’s contest, the Wolves are also working hard to keep getting better.

“We’re taking it one step at a time,” Berggren said. “We hope to play our best and see what happens.”by: DAN BROOD - BATTLING -- Emily Pfeiffer of Tigard (right) looks to keep the ball away from Tualatin's Zoe Linford.

That said, Tualatin seemed to be putting things all together in the win at Tigard.

Berggren and the Wolves got off to a roaring start in the contest. Berggren scored three goals in the first 1 minute and 39 seconds of the game — the first coming off an assist from Marisa Lovos and the second two following steals by Kammi O’Neill — to give Tualatin a quick 3-0 lead.

Berggren then assisted on a goal by Lovos and then she scored on a follow-up shot to push the margin to 5-0 with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Goals by Lovos and Abby Howard, coming off an assist by Zoe Linford, gave Tualatin a 7-0 advantage at the end of the period.

Tigard came back strong to start the second quarter. Taylor Roth came up with a steal to start the period. She drove toward the Tualatin goal and passed the ball to Kayla Wagenhofer, who put her shot in the goal to cut the lead to 7-1.

Liz Irving had a pair of goals for the Tigers later in the period, as they trimmed the Tualatin lead to 7-3 at halftime.

by: DAN BROOD - TOUGH DEFENSE -- Kammi O'Neill (left) of Tualatin keeps the pressure on Tigard's Laurel Nave-Powers.But the Wolves pulled away again in the third quarter. Berggren, Linford and Lovos each had a goal in the period to help Tualatin open up a 10-3 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Berggren had two goals in the final stanza and Lovos added a goal as the Timberwolves closed out the 13-3 victory.

“We lost four starters from last year, so we’ve had to have four girls step up,” Tualatin coach Ryan Deahn said. “The girls are doing well.”

“The new girls are stepping up and they’re putting in a lot of effort,” Berggren said. “Our defense is really strong and everyone is contributing.”

In addition to Berggren’s seven goals, Lovos added four goals for the Wolves. Howard and Linford had one goal apiece.

Irving led the Tigers with two goals, and Wagenhofer had one.

“It wasn’t their best game, but the girls are doing well,” Tigard coach John Ruzicka said.

Both teams were scheduled to play on Wednesday. Tualatin played at Newberg and Tigard hosted Lakeridge. Results of those games weren’t available when the Times went to press.

On Monday, the Tualatin girls will play at Lake Oswego at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Tigard will host Sandy at 4 p.m.

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