Water polo players step into scoring spotlight

Amber Larsen scored six goals but the Husky girls couldn’t squeeze past Lebanon Wednesday.

“Amber really stepped up in this game,” Coach Rene Kirkland said. “Lebanon figured out that Nicole was a strong shooter and double and triple teamed her. Amber made several key shots from the seven meter line.”

Although guarded heavily, Starha was still able to score five goals and Katie Jones scored her first goal of the year.

“We really tried hard to get other people open,” Coach Kirkland said. “Some of our younger girls were apprehensive about shooting. They are figuring out they can give the ball to other people.”

Elizabeth Anderson had 15 blocks at deep goal and Crystal Streight continued to show excellent improvement.

“We lost because we didn’t get back on defense quick enough,” Coach Kirkland said. “They had one very fast girl who cherry picked us. She had a lot of one-on-one situations with the goalie. We also threw the ball into traffic instead of to the open person a lot.”

The Husky boys picked up a 19-8 win with numerous players getting lots of water time.

“We pulled out starters out for at least two minutes at one point,” Coach Kirkland said.

Jeff Ecker had another high scoring game, pounding in six goals. Larry Coulter and Chris Bate fueled the fire with five goals each.

Freshman Justin Seibert had a good game, Coach Kirkland said, playing nearly a quarter and looking very good on defense.

“He had a steal that resulted in a score,” Coach Kirkland added.

Thursday and Saturday the boys squad competed at the Cottage Grove tournament.

Thursday the Huskies lost to South Eugene 5-1.

“South Eugene is by far the fastest team we’ve faced all year,” Coach Kirkland said. “We played a very good defensive game but offensively, we didn’t take care of the ball.”

On Saturday, the Huskies lost to Sheldon 6-3, lost to Cottage Grove 11-4 and lost to Sprague 14-13.

Calendar: The Huskies have a busy schedule this week, including games at Corvallis tonight (Tuesday) at 8 and 9 p.m., Wednesday at West Albany and Thursday at North Eugene.