September 17, 2005
After a couple tough pre-season games against solid teams, the Hood River Valley High School girls’ varsity soccer team showed great improvements Thursday afternoon in their 4-0 victory at home over the Reynolds Raiders. The junior varsity girls won their game by an even greater margin of 8-0.
The varsity team played much more physical, confident and composed soccer than their first two showings. Battling side by side with the toughest Reynolds players, the Eagles stepped up to the action rather than getting pushed off the ball. On offense, the girls pushed forward as a team, controlling the midfield and connecting strings of passes to create good scoring opportunities. On defense, the girls communicated much better. They worked clears up the sides to the middies and resisted playing a flat, kick and chase game in the backfield.
The first goal of the game came off an own goal from Reynolds of a defensive error. Hood River kept their momentum going, keeping the ball in Reynolds’ territory most of the first half.
The Eagles struck again early in the second half with a great series of passes that ended with a solid shot into the upper-V from Diana Hernandez.
Goalie Kaitlin Bauld saw little action on her side of the field, as the Hood River defenders and sweeper shut down the Reynolds offense.
Jessica McMorran hit a left-footed hook shot that bounced off the Reynolds’ keeper and spun into the net for Hood River’s third goal. Their fourth and final goal came from a tenacious attack by several Eagle offenders. After working the ball up field, Kayla Lloyd got a shot off. The Raiders’ goalie made a nice save but deflected the ball back into striking territory. McMorran rebounded and got the goal.
The JV girls dominated their game against Reynolds, scoring nine goals before the game was over. The team came together for their best game of the season. Goal scores were:
Keala Van Swaay scored three goals; Sara Evas, Kylee Slaughton, Jordan Zanmiller, Julie Hazlett, Erin Costello and Taylor Lichky all scored one goal each.