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HRV boys bounce back to beat Bend

BEND — Still seething from last Tuesday’s loss to Redmond, the HRV boys soccer team took to the field Friday looking for some measure of redemption against fourth-place Bend.

And, although it may not have been pretty for the entire 80 minutes, the Eagles did just enough to squeak out a 3-2 win and raise their season record to 6-1-2.

“Getting a win on the road against a good team like Bend was the perfect antidote for the Redmond loss,” coach Doug Beveridge said. “We were the victim of a couple bad calls, but you have to be better than the refs, and thankfully, we were.”

Junior Jake Pruitt scored the game-winner late in the second half on Matt Dallman’s second assist of the game — a perfectly placed cross that Pruitt was able to flick over the keeper’s head for his third goal of the season.

“Jake has done a great job for us in his limited time on the field,” Beveridge said. “He’s got a nose for the goal and that’s what we need right now.”

One of the team’s more experienced scorers, junior midfielder/forward Alex Ponce, missed the game due to an injured foot and planned to sit out Tuesday’s home match with Hermiston (results not available at press time).

Senior striker Corey Vandlac also picked up his game in the absence of Ponce on Friday, scoring his team-leading ninth goal of the season to give HRV a 1-0 lead. Dallman also found the net midway through the second half to give him five on the season.

“I feel like we’re starting to hit our stride,” Beveridge said. “We’re starting to put all the pieces together and we know what’s expected of us. But we have to match the other teams’ intensity the rest of the way, because everyone’s guns are loaded now.”

HRV returns to Bend this weekend for a double-header against Summit and Mountain View.

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