After having its NCAA-record winning streak snapped against Stanford earlier this month, the second-ranked women’s water polo team fell for the second time in three games on Saturday, losing to No. 1 UCLA 11-7 in Westwood. The top-two clash began in predictably neck-and-neck fashion. The Bruins struck first thanks to Maddie Musselman, but USC struck back within minutes. Set up with a six-on-five advantage, freshman driver Denise Mammolito cannoned a shot off the crossbar before junior utility Hayley McKelvey pounced on the rebound to tie the game.UCLA pulled ahead once more with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Trojans responded promptly again with a goal from senior driver Stephania Haralabidis.It appeared the back-and-forth would continue throughout the game, but the Bruins then scored four unanswered goals to put USC in a 6-2 hole at the half. Alexa Tielmann added UCLA’s seventh less than a minute into the third quarter to extend the lead even further before senior 2-meter Brigitta Games ended the Trojan drought with her first goal of the game.Games’ effort would kick off a streak of three unanswered USC goals. Haralabidis added her second of the game after the Trojans killed ashorthanded six-on-five, and freshman utility Maud Megens pulled her team within two with three minutes left in the third quarter. It was as close as USC would come, however, as UCLA responded with a goal of its own just 20 seconds later. The Bruins then converted a power play to extend their lead back to four scores. The Trojans narrowed the margin to two in the final period thanks to second goals from Megens and Games, but the comeback bid ultimately fell short. USC was unable to cash in on twosix-on-five opportunities in the fourth quarter while the Bruins padded their lead en route to the 11-7 victory. USC had won three in a row against the Bruins before the weekend, but the Trojans’ first defeat to their archrivals since 2015 locked UCLA into the top seed and a first-round bye at this week’s MPSF Tournament, which the Bruins will also host at the Spieker Aquatics Center. USC will enter the bracket on Friday as the third seed, taking onsixth-seeded San Jose State at 12:45 p.m.
The Port of Ridgefield said Friday it has sold a 5.6-acre property to Portland-based Alliance Industrial Group, which plans to build an 80,000-square-foot facility and employ up to 160 employees at the site, including existing workers and new hires.The combination of new hires and existing employees will come from Alliance Industrial Group and its subsidiaries: Alpha Iron and Vancouver Steel Painters.Alliance and its subsidiaries manufacture steel products for clients such as Hoffman Construction, Skanska and Gunderson Marine. Alliance is purchasing the parcel — located on South Sixth Way in the southwest quadrant of the Interstate 5 exit 14 interchange — under a contract with the port valued at $904,000. Under the terms, Alliance will pay the port $90,400 at the closing of the land sale. The company will owe the port the rest — $813,600 — to be paid in monthly installments over 25 years. The new, 80,000-square-foot facility, planned to be operational by July 2013, will store, process, assemble and coat steel products for industrial plants, sports arenas, transportation hubs and energy facilities in the western United States.Brent Grening, the port’s chief executive officer, said it’s “nice to see a local company growing and doing well. That’s what it’s all about from our perspective.”Grening said some of Alliance’s existing workers at other sites will be relocated to the new facility. He said he didn’t know how many of the 160 jobs would be filled by existing workers or new hires. He said he didn’t know how much Alliance planned to spend on constructing the new building.