Foul trouble dooms Raiders in the semis
6A WATER POLO
|#2 Newberg Tigers|
|#3 Reynolds Raiders|
CORVALLIS — The Reynolds boys water polo team was keeping pace with powerhouse Newberg into the second half before the Tigers put on a four-goal flurry to break away for a 16-9 win in the 6A semifinals Friday night.
The game hit a 20-minute standstill midway through the third quarter with Reynolds coach Shawn McKechnie bringing out the rule book to challenge a call when an disqualified Newberg player inadvertently re-entered the field of play.
When the dust settled, Reynolds set up for a penalty shot, which Dylan Blake fired low into the right side of the cage to bring the Raiders within 8-6 early in the third period.
Newberg answered the threat by scoring the next four goals and found itself in command 13-7 after goalie Wilson Johnson fired a length of the pool pass to Zach Jordan, who spun past his defender and beat the third-quarter buzzer for a goal.
The Raiders finished the tournament with a 14-11 loss to South Eugene in Saturday's third-place game.
View photos from the semifinals at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Tuesday, Nov. 14, print edition.