November 16, 2005
The Hood River Dynamos Gorge United U13 soccer team played two important State Cup games this weekend. The boys’ 0-0 tie Saturday and their 3-0 win Sunday secures them a place in the second round of the Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) State Cup tournament, which will continue in the spring.
“I was a little worried about the weekend because the schedule wasn’t favorable to us,” said Coach Pero Lovrin.
On Saturday, the team traveled to Salem to play Helix, a Premiere Gold team and last year’s State Cup champions from the Cascade Foot Club. In the rain and mud, the boys played to a 0-0 tie against a team that defeated them 4-0 in their last meeting. For much of the game Gorge United was on heavy defense, fighting off a bigger, stronger Helix squad. With a solid defensive line, anchored by goalie Hector Barajas, the boys pulled through the pressure to shut-out a favored team on its home turf.
“We played extremely well on Saturday,” Lovrin said. “Our defense was again very solid. They had five shutouts in their last six games.”
The team then faced a rested Centennial Rovers team on Sunday at Westside Elementary. Their final game of the year was another cold and wet 90 minutes for the boys.
The first half of the game was fairly even, with both teams creating decent scoring opportunities. Shortly before halftime, Hood River struck with a goal. Alex Chavarria charged down the right wing and centered the ball at a diving Centennial keeper. Cesar Juares picked up the rebound and put in the first of three Hood River goals.
With momentum and a home-field advantage on their side, the boys scored again early in the second half off a solo effort by Mark Lovrin. Hood River’s two-goal lead caused Centennial to break down and shift to playing heavily defensive for most of the half. A corner kick by Jugo Chavarria bent into the goal later in the half, sealing the Dynamos’ win and their place in the next round of the Oregon State Cup.
“The boys are truly a team,” said Coach Lovrin. “They played team ball, they worked extremely well together and they shared everything together. It was true teamwork in the best sense of the word and I’m very proud of that … It is a tremendous achievement for such a young team to go from being formed only a year and a half ago to being a state championship contender. We got stronger and stronger as the year went on and I’m looking forward to the spring and to more success.”