Eagle boys draw the Bulldogs, upset the Cougars

October 15, 2005

With a rocky and frustrating pre season behind them, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys are finally starting to play soccer like they know they can.

And, with nothing but league matches remaining in their schedule, their timing is right on.

The boys upset Mountain View High School 1-0 Tuesday afternoon on the Cougar’s turf. Currently the Intermountain Conference’s top team, Mountain View’s record is now 8-1-1 (4-1 in league play).

“We played a really strong game,” commented Coach Doug Beveridge. “The boys are playing more confident; they’re playing like they know they can win.”

The win came from a single goal by freshman striker Diego Diaz, who drove up the left wing, schooled Mountain View’s defense, and won the one-on-one with the Cougar’s keeper.

Backing Diaz and the offense on the front line was a more controlled midfield and solid defending. Earnesto Marquez and Juan Villegas held the midfield well, and Adrian Villa had several key saves in the goal that kept the Eagles in the game.

Hood River’s league record is now 1-1-1, from a win on Tuesday, a tie last week against Hermiston, and a loss in their first league match against Bend High. The Eagles went 0-5-1 in the pre-season; a start to they are working hard to put behind them.

“When you’re on a bad streak like we were, things just don’t go your way,” Beveridge commented. “Now we’re starting to play like we should.”

On Friday of last week the Eagles took the trip to Hermiston High School to face off against the Bulldogs. The game ended in a slightly disappointing 2-2 tie, with Omar Campos and Louis Munos scoring for the Eagles.

“We dominated the game and it really should have been an easy win for us,” said Beveridge.

The Eagles play an important game at home this Friday, 4 p.m. against Crook County. The Cowboys are 1-2-1 in league and 4-2-1 overall this season.

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