The HRV boys soccer team began its state tournament run Saturday, Nov. 3, by running over Madison 2-0 at Westside Elementary.
Jordan Thompson scored both goals in the offensive exhibition that saw the Eagles outshoot the Senators 30-0. "We pressured them relentlessly in both halves," coach Doug Beveridge said. "Our midfielders just kept harassing them and by the second half, they had no fight left in 'em."
Led by Thompson, the Eagles' midfield controlled the match from the outset, not allowing the Senators to find a shot — or even a pass.
On offense, Josh Kitts, Matt Dallman and Andy Holmson had little trouble breaking through the Madison 'D'. And when on defense, they simply pestered the Senators into submission.
Corey Vandlac and Alex Ponce maintained the tempo on the front line, testing the Madison goalie on numerous occasions, but they were unable to sneak the ball past him.
Fortunately for the Eagles, Thompson brought his 'A' game. His first-half goal resembled a highlight out of the UEFA Champions League -- a swerving blast from 25 yards into the upper V.
Then just 10 minutes into the second half, Thompson stole the ball at midfield and took on the entire defense before chipping the ball over the keeper's head.
Beveridge was surprised the final score was only 2-0, but credited Madison's sweeper with keeping the defense together. He also said the goalpost helped keep the damage to a minimum.
Saturday's win was also historic for HRV. Before the game, no HRV soccer team had ever advanced past the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
The win put the Eagles in the round of 16 where they faced Crescent Valley of Corvallis on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Beveridge said the Raiders would likely present HRV with its biggest test to date.
"Crescent Valley is a cut above what we've seen so far this season," he said. "We may be equal in talent, but we're going to have to play even stronger and run even faster."