Tigers, Wolves get split in water polo play
TUALATIN — They were close.
They were competitive.
And both schools came away with a hard-fought, two-goal victory.
Rivals Tigard and Tualatin split their varsity water polo contests in Three Rivers League games played Friday at the Tualatin Aquatic Center.
The Tualatin girls posted a 9-7 win over the Tigers in Friday's match.
The Timberwolves improved to 1-1 in league play, while also moving to 1-6 on the season, with the victory. Tigard moved to 1-1 in league games and to 6-5 on the season.
In that contest, the Timberwolves jumped out to a 5-1 halftime lead, only to watch the Tigers rally to tie the score at 7-7 going into the fourth quarter. But Tualatin, with freshman Olivia Parry scoring a pair of goals in the final stanza, was able to pull away to get the victory.
Parry led the way for the Wolves in the victory with seven goals, all coming in the final three quarters. Junior Elena Ruybalid scored a pair of first-quarter goals for Tualatin.
Juniors Alayna Regier and Emma Parker each scored three goals for Tigard. Junior Iona Collins added one goal for the Tigers.
In the boys match, Tigard got off to a strong start, and then held off a Tualatin rally to get a 16-14 victory.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 2-0 in league play, while also moving to 6-5 on the season. Tualatin moved to 0-2 in league games and to 2-9 on the season.
In Friday's contest, the Tigers held a 14-8 lead going into the fourth quarter, and led 16-9 early in the final period before the Wolves finished the game with five unanswered goals to make the final score 16-14.
Senior Uros Nenadic led the way for the Tigers in the victory with 11 goals, with seven of those goals coming in the first half. Junior Mircea Stan added two goals and four assists. Senior Ethan Grant also scored two goals for Tigard. Senior Eli Maher added one goal.
Freshman Louis Gornick led Tualatin with seven goals. Sophomore Hudson Knakal and senior Jackson Lemons each added two goals for the Wolves. Sophomore James Lawrance, junior Ean Hildreth and senior Thomas Goforth had one goal apiece.
The rival squads will have their rematches Oct. 15 at the Tigard Aquatic Center.