November 5, 2005
The Hood River Valley High School girls’ soccer program has a bright future, with talent and depth climbing the ranks toward the varsity level. The junior varsity girls, for example, finished their season last week with a solid overall record. The team, consisting of 19 players (two juniors, ten sophomores and seven freshmen), went 5-2-1 in league matches, proving to be one of the best lineups in the Intermountain Conference.
Lead by Coach Hector Ortiz, the girls trounced much of their opposition, outscoring their challengers 66 goals to eight by the end of the season.
With goalie Hayle Thomas coming up with a stellar season at the net, and defenders Kari Hidle, Kaela VanSwaay, Tyler Cook and Elana Gomez letting little through the defensive line, the girls were often impassable, coming up with several shut out-victories.
At the midfield, Erin Costello and Sara Evans teamed up well, controlling the pace of the game and the offensive push. Costello led the team in assists, while Evans, along with forwards Kylee Straughton and Julie Hazelett led the team in goals.
Chrissie Brock, Justine Cambell and Jessica Ortiz played essential roles as utility players, able to fill in at any position on the field.
Jordan Zanmiller and Cook rotated in on offense, and Maria Castillo and Katie Leiniger on defense, giving the Eagles a solid team on the field at all times. Freshman players Theresa DeSitter, Loreto Ramos and Tiffany Sullivan performed well, as they were moved up from the JV2 team at mid season.
With only four varsity girls graduating this year, competition will be stiff next fall to see who will move up to varsity.