EHS WATER POLO: Enumclaw bounces back to ram Wilson for win

The Enumclaw High boys water polo team won one and lost one league game, falling to division leader Auburn Riverside Oct. 4 and bouncing back, beating Wilson Thursday.

The Hornets stayed close through the first half with the Ravens, limiting them to three goals and a 3-2 lead after one quarter of play and trailing 10-8 at the half. But Enumclaw couldn’t shut down the powerful Raven offense and Riverside scored seven goals in the third quarter and eight more in the fourth for the 25-14 win.

The Hornets were led by Mason Culp’s six goals. Bennon VanHoof added four. Also scoring for EHS were Gabe Sales with two and Thomas Petersen and Will Cooper with one each.

The Hornets got off to a fast start Thursday when Cooper scored in the first minute of play. Sales scored twice in the first quarter and VanHoof and Petersen added one each, giving the visiting Hornets a 5-2 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.

Wilson fought back, scoring five second-quarter goals to tie the game at 7 at halftime. The Hornets took back the lead in the first minute of the third period on Sales’ third goal of the game and held a 10-9 lead after three quarters.

Both teams went scoreless through the first 5 minutes of the final quarter, before Petersen broke the scoring drought with 94 seconds remaining in the game. Wilson scored on a power play to pull within one, 11-10, with 34 seconds, but Cooper sealed the deal for EHS, scoring in the final 19 seconds.

EHS, 2-3 in league, faces Auburn Mountainview Thursday before heading to Oregon for a tournament.