EHS GIRLS WATER POLO: Hornets hang on to second

A split in girls water polo nonleague contests – a 9-5 loss to Wilson April 19 and a 14-6 win over Stadium Thursday – gave Enumclaw High a 7-5 season record, 4-2 in league for second place in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League.

The Hornets opened slowly against Wilson, taking on a 4-0 deficit in the opening period, but rallied on a goal by Ali Ballard late in the first quarter and another from Erin Stucker early in the second quarter to narrow the gap.

The two teams played an even, defensive game through the second and third periods, with the Enumclaw girls trailing 7-5 in the final period. The Hornets missed on some scoring opportunities late in the game, and the Rams added two goals for the final.

Thursday, against Stadium, last year’s fourth place state finisher, the Hornets fared better.

The game started as a defensive struggle, with the Hornets holding Stadium scoreless for the first period, while the Tigers limited Enumclaw to two goals – one each by seniors Stucker and Ballard. The EHS offense broke loose in the second quarter, with the two seniors scoring two goals each and Kelsey Sonneson adding one, while Stadium managed to slip one past Hornet goalkeeper Megan Lesmeister. Enumclaw led 7-1 at halftime.

The Hornets increased their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the visiting Tigers 4-3 for an 11-4 advantage and finished the game with goals by Sonneson, Ballard, and Bella Davenport.

Ballard led all scorers with five goals. Stucker scored four, Sonneson added three and Alina VanRuff and Davenport each scored a goal for the Hornets.