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Hornets Lose to Auburn Mountainview in Marathon Heartbreaker

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team lost a heartbreaker to Auburn Mountainview, 9-8, after nine periods of play on Friday night.

The Hornets started fast, scoring three goals in the first five minutes – two by Lindsay Bowden, one by Erin Stucker. Mountainview outscored Enumclaw in the second period, and trailed the Hornets 4-5 entering the halftime break. After a close third quarter, the Lions scored three in the fourth quarter to tie the game 7-7 at the end of regulation.

Enumclaw's Erin Stucker, playing with a broken nose, scored in the first overtime to give the Hornet's an 8-7 edge, but the Lions scored with 47 seconds remaining to tie the game at 8-8 at the end of the second overtime.

At that point, the game went to "sudden victory", and the next goal would determine the winner. Shaye Hogerhuis kept the Hornets' hopes alive when she blocked a penalty shot in the fourth overtime period, but Mountainview's Stephanie Bluhm scored the game winning shot 90 seconds into the fifth overtime.

The Enumclaw defense had a banner day, limiting the Lions to nine goals in nine periods of play, and collecting 21 steals. In addition, goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis gathered a team record 34 saves.

On offense, Lindsay Bowden scored four goals for the Hornets, Erin Stucker scored three, and Angie Brazier added one. Bowden, Stucker, and Kaitlyn Korsch each tallied an assist.

The Hornets will get a rematch against Mountainview when they face them at the Auburn pool at 7:00 on Thursday, April 2. Before that, Enumclaw hosts the Peninsula Seahawks Saturday at 12:30.