October 29, 2005
The scene was set Thursday evening for an epic do-or-die match between Hood River Valley and Redmond high schools. A large and lively crowd gathered at Westside to witness the match that would determine which team would advance to the state playoffs and which would pack up for the season.
Redmond scored a tying goal in the game’s 93rd minute, forcing two 10-minute overtime periods tied at 2-2. Neither team scored in overtime, so the game was to be decided by penalty kicks.
Hood River made one, then Redmond, then Hood River, then Redmond. Tied at two penalty kicks apiece, after the Eagles’ most intense game of the season, the sidelines were packed and screaming with Hood River fans. The Eagles missed their next two shots, Redmond made theirs, and the silence of disappointment swept the field.
“I have no complaints. You guys played a great game,” Coach Doug Beveridge said to the team.
At half time, Hood River’s 10 seniors gave roses to members of their family at the midfield, to honor the players and the support of their families over the years. For those 10, the disheartening loss was their last match as Eagles.
“We played as good as we ever have,” Beveridge said. “We were about exactly even (Redmond and Hood River) and both teams played to their full potential … They were a great, fun group of kids and I really enjoyed working with them. They were truly out there to have fun, and I think they did that.”
The suspense of the game’s dramatic ending built to near-boiling after an very physical and heated second half. A goal by Omar Campos and one by Redmond tied the match 1 to 1 at half time. Campos teamed up with the Eagles’ offense to put in the go-ahead goal early in the second half.
Holding the lead took a total team effort, and the Eagles looked to close out the game as they fought off Redmond in the final minutes.
Redmond’s tying goal was well-done but controversial. One line judge indicated the game was over a couple minutes prior to Redmond’s goal. The center referee’s time was not in synch, however, and the Panthers took full advantage of a flat Hood River defensive line.
The do-or-die situation on Thursday resulted from an unexpected 1-0 loss on Tuesday at The Dalles-Wahtonka. Hood River dominated the match but couldn’t finish for a win. The Eagle-Indians’ keeper came up with several key saves, including two in the final minutes agaisnt solid shots from Diego Diaz.
According to Beveridge, the future of the boys’ program looks very strong, as the junior varsity boys finished with only two losses this season and the freshman boys finished undefeated.
Beveridge credits to coaches Caulder Hughes and Jaime Rivera for their help with the varsity program.