Auburn Riverside finishes fourth at state tournament | Girls water polo

The Auburn Riverside girls concluded its season with a fourth-place finish at the state water polo tournament at Rogers High School in Puyallup last weekend.

"To get to the state tournament was an accomplishment for us, but to get to play for third place – I could not be prouder of these girls," coach Jim Isom said. "I was happy for our seniors to finish their careers on a high note."

Auburn Riverside came into the tournament as the No. 8 seed, and lost its first-round match against eventual state champion Gig Harbor, 8-4.

The Ravens rebounded with a 3-2 win over Enumclaw.

In the third round, Auburn Riverside topped district rival Auburn Mountainview – which had defeated the Ravens three times in the regular season – 11-6 to advance to the third-fourth place game against Wilson.

"I think the game against Mountainview was our best," Isom said. "We were intense right from the get go. It felt like we lost our concentration only once, early in the game. The girls quickly got their intensity back and carried it through to the game against Wilson."

In the battle for third, Auburn Riverside fell to the Rams, losing 7-5.

"We did go up on Wilson 2-0 in the first quarter," Isom said. "Wilson battled back to tie us and after that, it was a one-point game until the last second.

"I wasn't sure we had a chance against Wilson, but the girls believed in themselves. We had our chances, but just couldn't get the tying goal," Isom said. "The girls played their hearts out. So it made it easier to walk from a close loss, to be able to say 'we did our best'."

Kayla Clarke was honored with a first-team all-state nod, with Kate Wallen earning a second-team selection and Katia Pawlak an honorable mention.

Wallen had five goals and an assist in the tourney, with Pawlak adding three goals. Lauren Perala had seven goals and three assists and Marissa Rydzewski chipped in with four goals and an assist.

The Ravens finished 15-8.


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