REDMOND — The HRV boys soccer team knew it would have its work cut out when it traveled to face No. 6 state-ranked Redmond on Thursday.
But the Eagles never knew how thankful they could be to return home with a 1-1 tie.
Down 1-0 the entire second half, Alex Ponce and Matt Dallman teamed up with just four minutes remaining to put home the equalizer and salvage a point in the standings.
“I thought we had lost, but our guys really stayed with it,” coach Doug Beveridge said. “Overall, I felt we were the better team and we’ll be ready for them on our home turf.”
Redmond, a 2001 state semifinalist, struck first at the 10- minute mark of the second half, forcing HRV to play from behind for the final 30 minutes.
The Eagles put together multiple scoring opportunities on the counterattack, and realistically could have gone up two goals if it weren’t for two highly uncharacteristic misses by Ponce and senior forward Corey Vandlac.
“Those were literally two tough chances that those guys will never miss again,” Beveridge said.
The second-year head coach said he was pleased that his team played so well in its first game of the season against such a proven program like Redmond.
He also felt like his players may have felt like they had something to prove after being snubbed in the first 4A state poll of the season, following their state quarterfinal performance in 2001.
“We figured that after last year, everyone would know about us,” he said. “Of course you want to be recognized, and it serves as excellent motivation to play one of the top teams in the state so well right out of the gate.”
HRV takes to the field again on Tuesday at home versus Bend. The game is at 4 p.m. at Westside Field.