As heartfelt as I can I want to thank all the fans who supported the boys' high school soccer team this year, especially those who traveled to Lake Oswego on Saturday evening, Nov. 10. The cheering and applause that greeted the team as they took the field to start the second half was just incredible and extremely emotional. It was no coincidence that we scored to tie the game a few minutes later.
As the teams stood side by side at the center of the field I was struck by the differences of the two sides. The Lakeridge team was largely a very homogenous group of players, while the Hood River team came in all different shapes, sizes, colors and cultural backgrounds. Not surprisingly the fans also came from different social and cultural backgrounds, in stark contrast to the other team's fans. Yet to anyone who didn't know, this would have seemed like a home game for Hood River. We had twice as many fans cheering twice as loud as the other side. It just shows how lucky we are to live in a small community with so much diversity and speaks volumes of how sport in general, and soccer in particular, can bring people together.
Head coach, HRVHS boys soccer