By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
November 8, 2006
After one half of hard-fought aggressive, attacking soccer, the Hood River Valley boys’ soccer team found itself up 1-0.
After a half of not-so-aggressive, defensive soccer, Hood River was up 4-1.
Final scores in the playoffs cannot always be easily explained.
In the first half of their first-round state playoff match against Tigard, the Eagles controlled possession of the ball and were constantly rifling shots at Tigard goalkeeper Brian Kostol. Nearly 90 percent of the half was played in Tigard’s half of the pitch and the Tigers could only manage two shots at Hood River keeper Nathan Ponce.
However, for all the shots the Eagles took, only one found its mark and it came on a penalty kick in the 13th min.
After being tripped up in the goal box, Moe Bruckman, who Coach Doug Beveridge would declare “man of the match,” calmly buried the penalty kick for a 1-0.
In the early goings of the second half it looked as if the Eagles would have to find a way to make the one score hold up.
Tigard came out aggressively in the second half, forcing the Hood River defense on its heels, and causing Ponce to have to make several diving saves to hold the lead.
However, the few breaks the Eagles got would prove to be critical.
In the 53rd minute, Bruckman broke free and fed a pass to a streaking Diego Diaz who blasted it in to give the Eagles a two goal lead.
After fending off several more Tigard attacks, Bruckman assisted on another score when he brought the ball up the near sideline and then made a sliding pass to his left in the 70th minute. Tigard goalkeeper Andrew Hickman dove to try and break up the pass, but it rolled to the far corner of the goal where Raul Marquez was waiting to kick it in for 3-0 lead.
Five minutes later Tigard got on the board when Brian Morgan headed in a pass from Daniel Hunter to cut the lead back to two scores.
Marquez put the lead back to three when he took a pass from Adrian Villa, split the Tigard defense and banged a shot off the top of the goal for the final 4-1 margin.
Afterward, Tigard coach Gus Araujo was not sure what to make of the second half.
“We were doing well in the second half,” he said. “It’s disappointing when you have the momentum and they get the counter.”
Beveridge gave credit to Ponce for helping create the breaks Hood River needed to score in the second half.
“Nathan Ponce came up with a huge save at the point where they had the momentum and things could not have turned out the same way,” Beveridge said.
Beveridge also said that Bruckman played “a heck of a game” in creating scoring opportunities, and that Diego Diaz helped generate offensive momentum for the Eagles.
On Tuesday night the Eagles squared off against Grant at Delta Park in Portland.
Results were unavailable at press time.