September 24, 2005
With one game left in their preseason, against Westview (perhaps the best team in the state) the Hood River Valley Eagles boys varsity soccer team is shaping up and keeping their spirits positive despite having a winless start.
During the week, the Eagles hosted Jesuit and Milwaukie high schools in their first home games of the season. They fell to Jesuit, last year’s 4A State runner up, 4-1 on Tuesday and tied Milwaukie 0-0 on Thursday.
“We’re going to continue working hard,” said Coach Doug Beveridge after the Milwaukie game. “The boys’ attitudes are good and that’s the important thing.”
The boys’ junior varsity team continued their winning season during the week with a win and a loss. They fell to a tough Jesuit squad 4-0, followed by a blow-out 15-1 victory over Milwaukie.
Eagles versus Jesuit
The varsity boys have been focusing on their defensive tactics in practice lately. Their work paid off against a solid and efficient Jesuit offense. Most of the first half of the game was played at the midfield, with both teams breaking through occasionally for a scoring opportunity. Jesuit scored their first goal of the game with less than a minute left in the first half.
In the second half, the Eagles kept the suspense high, as Diego Diaz and Colby Richards teamed up for a goal that brought Hood River back to within a goal at 2-1.
“When we kept up the intensity we played how we wanted to play and we were starting to see some cracks in their armor,” Beveridge commented. “We just lost our concentration later in the half.”
Jesuit put two more away to finish the game 4-1.
Eagles versus Milwaukie
The boys controlled the Milwaukie Mustangs throughout the game; they just couldn’t finish on offense. The momentum for most of both halves was all Hood River, with the Mustang defenders seeing most of the team’s action.
“We’ve really been focusing on our defense in practice,” said Beveridge. “Although we didn’t play particularly well against Milwauke, we kept a clean sheet. The bad news was, we didn’t score.
Next up for the boys is their home game against a tough Westview team at 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26.