BEND — Less than a week ago, the Hood River Valley girls soccer team was talking about a possible No. 3 seed for the Class 4A state playoffs.
Now, after Friday’s 3-1 loss to Summit and Mountain View’s 2-0 win over Redmond, all the Eagles have to talk about is what could have been.
The Eagles gave up two goals in the first three minutes of Friday’s game, and another before halftime to fall behind 3-0. That made the second half an uphill battle the entire way.
“It could have easily been a 1-1 tie if we didn’t have those early mistakes,” said coach Sue Farro, whose Eagles have fallen out of playoff contention at 4-4-4 in the Intermountain Conference.
“We’re all pretty disappointed that we won’t be going to playoffs, but we’ve learned a lot this season and are all optimistic about next year.” she said.
Even if the Eagles win their final two games against Pendleton and Crook County, the maximum point total they could reach would be 22 — the current totals of both Summit and Redmond.
With Friday’s surprise victory over Redmond, Mountain View finished its league season with 23 points, guaranteeing them a spot in the postseason alongside first place Bend.
Meanwhile, Summit earned any potential tiebreaker over HRV with Friday’s win; and Redmond had already done so by beating the Eagles back on Sept. 11 and tying them on Oct. 7.
“If we could have gotten a win instead of a tie against Redmond and Mountain View, we would have easily been in,” Farro said. “And if Mountain View had lost to Redmond like we thought they would, we would have also had a shot.”
Thus, Tuesday’s road matchup with winless Pendleton (results not yet available) and Friday’s home finale against Crook County will mean nothing in the final standings.
However, while the stakes aren’t what they were one week ago, Farro insists the season isn’t over for her team.
“We still want to win these last two games and finish in fifth place,” she said. “No one has thrown in the towel yet.
For a wrap-up of Tuesday’s game, see the Oct. 25 edition.