PENDLETON — Sometimes it’s nice to not think about the standings and just play soccer.
So after being eliminated from playoff contention last week, the Hood River Valley girls soccer team went out and had a little fun on Tuesday against last-place Pendleton.
Junior Katie Flory scored her first varsity hat trick and assisted on another goal as the Eagles ran away with the game by a 7-0 count.
Justine Bryant, Lisa Tedford, Anna Hidle and Acer Lopez also scored goals in the Eagles’ fifth win of the season — a win that helped HRV rebuild a little confidence after a difficult loss to Summit on Oct. 17.
“We are playing good, attacking soccer right now, and it was nice to see us play offense for almost the entire game,” said coach Sue Farro. “We created chances the entire first half, but then we really started connecting in the second half.”
HRV (5-4-4 in IMC) led 2-0 at the break on a Flory header and Bryant’s eighth goal of the season. Then, just one minute into the second half, Hidle found Lopez in front of the net to really get the offense rolling.
Minutes later, Jessica McMorran connected with Tedford to make it 4-0, while Flory followed that up with her second goal of the game off another assist from Hidle. Flory then returned the favor, setting up Hidle for her third goal of the year.
“We executed well the entire game and everyone seemed to be flowing,” Farro said. “This team has a lot of fun together, and it was good to see us play up to our potential.”
Goalkeepers Rose Brunk and Rochelle Friend combined to record HRV’s fourth shutout of the season, while the defense snuffed out all of Pendleton’s scoring chances.
The Eagles completed their season on Friday at home against Crook County (results not available at press time), and hoped to move all alone into fifth place with a victory.
“We’re all psyched for this game,” Farro said. “Hopefully Homecoming won’t be a distraction. But I know all the seniors want to play well in their final game here, so it should be fun.”