The future of Hood River Valley girls soccer appears bright after the junior varsity team completed its season with a record of 8-2-4.
Four players even got a taste of what varsity is like when they were called up to the big roster late in the season to experience the playoff run.
Emily Sager, Diana Hernandez, Kelly Durkan and Emily McCallum were the standouts on a team that should help fill the void that will be left by the graduation of 10 seniors.
“This group will surprise everyone with their talent next year,” coach Jan Wall said. “Another big thing is they all learned to play together, which paid off for everyone.”
Wall said the biggest game of the year for her team was on the season’s final weekend, when they tied an undefeated Summit team 1-1.
“These girls came a long way this season,” said Wall, who will hang up the coaching reins after 30-plus years. “My job was made easy because they practiced hard and worked so well together. It will be fun to see them grow even more next year at the varsity level.”
The team put the season to rest on Monday night at the annual awards banquet. Wall recognized goalkeeper Rose Brunk as the team’s Most Valuable Player, Sager as the Most Inspirational, and Durkan as the Most Improved. Finally, sweeper Sam Dorsey was given the Coach’s Award for her motivational efforts all year.
“When all my yelling and screaming didn’t work, Sam would do it for me,” Wall said.
All in all, the 2002 season was a great success for everyone involved with the JV soccer team.
“We really came together as the year went on,” said sophomore Becky Cates. “We didn’t like playing with each other at first, but in the end, we were all like one big family.”
Cates said the highlight for her was tying Mountain View the second time after losing to them 6-0 in Bend earlier in the season.