Barlow girls put together a championship performance
GIRLS WATER POLO
6A championship match
BEAVERTON — Barlow goalie Emma Strobel held the ball out of the water, tilted her head back and let out a scream, while teammates Amaya Leiby and Kasey Markell embraced a few feet away. That was the scene as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Bruins' 11-7 win over Lincoln to claim the 6A girls water polo title Saturday night at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.
The Bruins erased a 3-1 first-quarter deficit, taking a one-goal lead into halftime after Rochelle Beavers converted a power-play chance with 0:21 left in the second quarter. The Bruins were 4-of-5 on power plays during the game.
"We let it fly and put goals away when we needed to," Barlow coach Michael Riegelmann said.
Barlow took command midway through the third period when Savannah Darling came up with a steal and fired a quick pass down the right side for Allison Corbett, who drew an ejection on her Lincoln defender. Corbett combined with Leiby on a quick give-and-go before sending a shot into the cage for a 7-4 lead.
Lincoln would never have a possession with a chance to tie the rest of the way.
Beavers and Corbett led Barlow with four goals apiece.
View photos from the championship match at davidball.smugmug.com.
Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Tuesday, Nov. 13, print edition.