CROOK COUNTY — Smarting from a bout with the injury bug, the HRV boys soccer team was still able to outlast the Crook County Cowboys last Friday and get its second straight shutout win by a score of 3-0.
Despite losing junior Jose Avila and seniors Matt Dallman and Ben Connors to injury, the Eagles were still able to overcome adversity and win convincingly by allowing just two shots on goal the entire game.
Junior Todd Price netted a goal in each half, and senior Corey Vandlac got his second tally of the young season as the Eagles improved their record to 2-0-1, heading into a Tuesday showdown with Hermiston (results not available at press time).
Some of the changes that coach Doug Beveridge will play with during the next few games include sending center midfielder Dereck Ponce into an “attacking midfield” position, and defender Joel Santillan into a defensive center midfield position to offset the temporary loss of Dallman, who injured his ankle.
“Matt thinks he’ll be ready to go by this weekend, but we’ll see,” said Beveridge, whose team hosts Summit on Friday afternoon, and league power Mountain View on Saturday morning.
Sophomore center back Alvaro Lara was also fighting a flu bug, early this week, so the team is in a vulnerable state.
“We’re really hurting right now,” Beveridge said. “We can’t afford to lose any more guys this early, especially with these tough games coming up.”
HRV is tied for second place in the Intermountain Conference.