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Boys soccer continues conference streak

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

September 23, 2006

The Hood River boys’ soccer team did not get any non-conference games before diving back into the Mt. Hood Conference. It doesn’t appear to have hurt them much so far.

The Eagles blew past Centennial 5-0 Tuesday night, and then torched Gresham 7-0 on Thursday pushing their record to 5-0.

Jesus Delgado scored in the first half for the Eagles against Centennial, a half that Coach Doug Beveridge described as “kick and run” for the Eagles. Diego Diaz opened the second half scoring with a goal in the 43rd minute.

Adrian Villa scored on a thunderous shot from the near edge of the mid-field circle in the 60th minute, and Ceasar Hernandez added another score in the 63rd minute with a volley in the goal box. In the closing seconds of the game Hernandez added his second goal of the game when he snuck a shot past the Centennial goalkeeper to cap the scoring for the Eagles.

“We settled down in the second half and moved the ball better and took more chances,” Beveridge said. “It was a good game, a game we should have won and we did.”

On Thursday the Eagles ripped through Gresham with ease.

“(Gresham) just ran into a buzz saw,” Beveridge said.

Five different players scored goals for the Eagles in the rout. Jesus Delgado and Adran Villa each scored two while Diego Diaz, Nick Malsen and Ceasar Hernandez scored one a piece.

One of Delgado’s goals came on a bicycle kick that Beveridge described as “unbelievable.”

The seven Eagle goals ran their total to 24 on the season, compared to just one by the opposition.

“We haven’t played the top teams yet,” Beveridge said. “But I’m feeling good.”

The toughest test yet for the Eagles will come Tuesday when the take on fellow undefeated team Central Catholic in an away game on turf.

The Rams have not allowed a goal yet this season and have put up 14 goals on opponents.

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