June 29, 2005
The 2005 Gorge Challenge soccer tournament brought together hundreds of young boys and girls from around the Northwest for a three day challenge at Westside Elementary School.
When the chaos cleared, participants left the fields Sunday evening decked with smiles, despite the late-day downpour. Hood River's U13 boy's and U11/12 girl's teams also walked away with first place trophies.
"I'm very proud of them," coach Mike Kitts said about his U13 boy's Eagles, who played a rival team in the finals." Facing a team the Eagles had tied three times, the championship game ended with an even score: 1-1. Hood River then won by a single goal lead in a final shoot-out.
"It was a beautiful game," Kitts said. "It was very thrilling to watch. Everyone played great. The guys played all four games (of the tournament) with no subs… they were big boys out there and no one complained. They stepped up to the plate I'm really proud of them for that."
The U11/12 girl's team, the Golden Eagles, also faced a club rival in their championship game. Facing the Estacada Eagles, a team Hood River lost a championship game to in May's Portland Mayor's Cup, the Golden Eagles came together for an exciting 2-1 victory in front of a cheering home crowd.
"I am so proud of our girls," Coach Dick Virk said. "They lost to the same team earlier and bounced back for the win when it counted. I'm happy to see them do that. The teams were evenly matched in the finals and Hood River worked hard and pulled ahead in the end. They all played great soccer."
The Hood River Dynamos soccer club consists of nine individual soccer teams. The non-profit organization's mission is to, "Foster an environment that promotes the physical, mental and emotional development of local youth through the sport of soccer."
Signups for the upcoming fall season are currently ongoing. Competitive play will start Sept. 10 and ends Oct. 30, with games on Saturdays and Sundays. Recreational teams start Sept. 10 and finish in early November, with games on Saturdays.
To find out more about the Hood River Dynamos, see their official web site at: www.dynamossoccer.net
Complete results from the 2005 Gorge Challenge willl be in the next issue of the Hood River News.