The HRV boys soccer team bounced back from last week's tough home loss to Redmond to defeat fourth-place Bend 3-2 on Friday. HRV stands at 6-1-2 and in third place in the Intermountain Conference with a home matchup against Hermiston on Tuesday. While not looking past the Bulldogs (4-3-2), HRV preparing for a more difficult challenge Saturday when it will face first-place Mountain View in Bend. The Eagles must also get past Summit on Friday afternoon, and then hope to be in prime condition Saturday morning for the pesky Cougars.
Tuesday, Oct. 7
HOOD RIVER — If there was ever a game the HRV boys would like to have back, it was Tuesday’s 3-2 home loss to Redmond.
In fact, if there were ever three minutes the Eagles would like to pretend never happened, they would point to the final minute of the first half and the first two minutes of the second.
HRV (5-1-2) went from being up 2-0 on a pair of goals by senior Corey Vandlac, to being tied 2-2 within a three minute span. Less than 10 minutes later, the Eagles were down 3-2 before coach Doug Beveridge could even figure out what had happened.
“Those first two goals were huge,” he said. “We had complete control with literally one minute to go in the first half and didn’t keep up the intensity. Before we could even get back into a rhythm, they had tied the game.”
With the loss, HRV fell into third place in the Intermountain Conference with six games to play — an unenviable position, considering the Eagles still must face first-place Mountain View and fourth-place Bend on the road.
“In a way, it’s good to get that first loss out of our system,” Beveridge said. “This may be the impetus we need to focus on the playoff drive.”
Bend, which has won five of its past six games after starting 0-2, is a different team than the Eagles saw on Sept. 17. The revamped Lava Bears looked to overtake HRV in the standings on Friday, but results were not available at press time.
Junior midfielder Alex Ponce, who missed Tuesday’s game with a foot injury, hoped to return to the lineup Friday, but his game--time status was unknown.
The Eagles return home Tuesday to face fifth-place Hermiston, and then hit the road next weekend for a double-header at Summit and Mountain View.