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Hornets clinch second place in Division, advance to State

By virtue of a 12-8 victory over Auburn Riverside on Thursday bight, the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team clinched second place in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League, and an automatic berth in the State Championship Tournament, to be held May 13-16 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

The Hornets battled a physical Raven defense and aggressive offense, but maintained a lead throughout the game, after taking a 2-1 lead with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.

Enumclaw pressured Riverside with a physical defense of their own, that resulted in 10 exclusions and five penalty shots on the Hornets. Seven of Riverside's eight points were a result of power plays or penalty shots.

Hornet scoring was led by Tianna Hogan, with five goals. Also scoring for Enumclaw was Lindsay Bowden, with four goals, and Kaitlyn Korsch, Angie Brazier, and Erin Stucker with one goal each. The Hornet defense also managed 25 steals, led by Bowden, with nine, and Hogan, with seven. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis anchored the defense with 20 saves, and added two assists to the offense.

Enumclaw hosts Stadium in a Saturday afternoon non-league game, at 12:30 at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center, and faces State Champion Curtis High School Tuesday afternoon at 4:30, also at the Enumclaw pool.