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The youthful Pacers are off to a fast start in 2019, improving to 6-1 with the win

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge goalie Evelyn Miller gets ready to make a stop during her team's 15-1 win over Beaverton on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Lake Oswego School District Pool.Offense? Check.

Teamwork? Check.

Defense? CHECK!!!

The Lakeridge girls water polo team hit all those points big-time against Beaverton last week, knocking off the Beavers 15-1 at Lake Oswego School District Pool on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

"Our mindset was definitely to win as always, but also to work on some stuff," said Lakeridge junior Cascade Stensland, who led her team with six goals. "We (were able to) practice our plays that we've been working on … to be able to do that in a competitive, high-level game."

"This was our last non-league game, (so we wanted) to solidify things because from here on out, they all count," added Lakeridge junior Molly Glad, who added another four scores in the victory.

With the win, the Pacers improved to 6-1 for the season, their only loss a 14-10 setback to Liberty High School of Brentwood, California, on Sept. 14. Beaverton, meanwhile, fell to 2-4 overall.

The Pacers got it done at both ends of the pool against Beaverton, posting a 5-0 advantage in the first quarter, a 2-0 edge in the second and shutting out the Beavers for the game's first 22 minutes and 54 seconds.

Stensland and Glad got things rolling in the first quarter with two goals each, and teammate Kenna Faus added one more while the Lakeridge "D" and goalie Evelyn Miller kept the Beavers at bay.

While the Pacers' offense slowed in the second quarter — the team got one score each from Stensland and Glad — the defense stayed just as strong and gave Lakeridge the chance to extend its lead to 7-0 at the half.

Then, in the third period, the Pacers used a balanced offensive attack to put Beaverton away for good, getting one score each from Glad, Stensland and Faus, and a pair from Bella Wright to boost their lead to 12-0.

The Beavers finally broke through for their lone goal 1:54 into the fourth quarter, but the Pacers finished off the contest with scores from Hayden Borelli, Emma Kuest and two more from Stensland.

"I feel like our team has improved bundles … everything has improved," Stensland said. "Ball-handling, swimming, drives. We have a ton of new freshman girls who are out and trying this sport and they have grown so much in such little time. I am amazed to see how they will be playing at the end of the season."

"I've been seeing how we bonded together as a team," Glad added. "We've had a lot of opportunities to bond with our new (teammates) because we lost four of our varsity starters from last year and … we have four freshmen starters and a freshman goalie, so it's not only us learning, but it's them learning and us learning how we can work with them to help them improve and how we can improve ourselves."

In upcoming games, the Pacers host Newberg at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, and play at Tigard at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

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