Soccer girls net first win with scoring outburst

HOOD RIVER — After registering just one goal in its first two conference games, the HRV girls soccer team looked to turn on the offensive jets Friday when it took on league bottom-feeder Crook County.

The game was never in doubt as the Eagles poured in six goals in the first half — two by junior Acer Lopez — to win the game 8-0 and build some confidence heading into Tuesday’s home matchup with Hermiston (results not available at press time).

Anna Hidle, Becca Meierbachtol, Jenny Villagomez, Candice Hoag, Jazzy Cohen and Becki Flory also got into the act, making the victory a total team effort.

“Our focus was to get the whole team involved in the offense,” said coach Sue Farro, whose team improved to 1-0-2 and seized fourth place in the Intermountain standings. “Possession and playing smart were the big keys for us, and now that we know we can score, we can start preparing for some of the stronger teams.”

HRV will travel to Bend this weekend to take on two of those teams, Mountain View (3-0-1) and Summit (3-0-1).

“Right now, we’re kind of at the half-way point,” Farro said. “Our goal is to make the most of every minute of practice and position ourselves to be in first place when the playoffs roll around. But to be there, we’ll need to keep the scoring up against these top teams.”

Farro also said she has seen the Eagles’ focus shift toward a more positive direction over the past two weeks after a month of readjusting to playing with one another.

“In the past, I’ve noticed that we tend to let up against the easier teams,” she said. “But that wasn’t the case against Crook County. We played great team soccer, and we’re really developing a solid gameplan.”

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