Water polo squads drop two

Cottage Grove 13, Sweet Home 8

Lack of depth showed Tuesday as the Sweet Home water polo girls lost 13-8 to Cottage Grove, after being tied at nine-all after three periods of play.

“It was a good all-around game,” Coach Bob Church said. “We were pretty evenly matched, except they have 18 girls out and we have seven.”

Sweet Home’s balanced scoring drive was led by Carissa VanCleave and Britney Beard, who had three goals each. Nicole Starha, Jill Gilliland and Andrea Yunke tossed in one goal each for the effort.

Cottage Grove was led by Kim Settlemeier who had three goals.

“We just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter,” Coach Church said. “We passed well and we had a lot of opportunities to score.”

Cottage Grove 13, Sweet Home 11

The Husky boys lost 13-11, with 10 of Cottage Grove’s goals coming from one athlete, Matt Raymond.

“He’s a good, fast swimmer who got most of his goals on counter-attacks,” Coach Church said. “They ran a double-team on Adam and Raymond picked up some easy goals early on.”

Although guarded heavily, Cheek pounded in seven goals. He was assisted by Chris Bate with two, and Jeff Ecker and Rhys Birky with one goal each.

“With out boys’ team, we have one player with experience and everyone else is relatively new,” Coach Church said. “The other teams are always double- or triple-teaming on Adam. I don’t know of any other hole man in the league who gets as much attention.”

North Eugene 14 Sweet Home 7

Sweet Home girls got off to a slow first period and couldn’t make up the difference Thursday at Husky pool.

North Eugene went on to take a 14-7 win with Laura Girgery scoring five goals and Laura Postma added two.

For the Huskies, Nicole Starha had three goals and Megan Foucht and Britney Beard had two each.

“We were outscored 5-1 in the first quarter but from then on, it was a fairly even game,” Coach Church said.

North Eugene 15 Sweet Home 8

Lack of experience again cost the Huskies a 15-8 loss to North Eugene.

North Eugene’s Cal Trevon scored six goals, all counter attacks according to Coach Church.

“He waited for the ball to drop, slid outside and would catch one of our guys looking,” Coach Church said. “We lost by seven and he had six.”

Adam Cheek again led the Husky scoring drive with four goals. Chris Bate added three goals and Rhys Birky had one.

“Our guys are learning,” Coach Church said. “Rhys and Sean (Martin) are doing good things.”

This weeks games…

The Huskies host will host Albany Wednesday. Girls play at 4 p.m. and the boys at 5 p.m.

Friday the Husky girls travel to the Cottage Grove tournament. The boys will play on Saturday.