By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
September 9, 2006
The season got underway for HRVHS volleyball and soccer on Thursday and several of the teams got busy showing off their comeback abilities.
For the girls’ soccer team, their season got started off on the wrong foot when they fell behind 1-0 to Milwaukie on a pass from an Eagle defender that was deflected into the net. However, the Eagles quickly got the other foot down, and scored four unanswered goals to take the win 4-1. Lauren Lloyd, Justine Bryant, Jessica Ostler and Julie Hazlett each scored goals for the Eagles in the win.
Coach Joe Kelly felt that the game was a positive step for the team to develop its playing style. “Overall the girls were very aggressive to win the ball,” Kelly said.
In volleyball, the HRVHS team took the floor for the first time with Coach Scott Walker against Sandy. The Eagles fell in three games, 25-12, 25-18, 25-22, but it was the final game that impressed Walker the most. “Our girls have amazing heart,” he said, after his team trailed 13-22 in the final match, and rallied back to pull within two points at 22-24 before Sandy was able to score the final point.
In the first game, Sarah Wood gave the Eagles a strong performance from the libero position, with good digs and serves. In the second game, the Eagles hung with Sandy point for point in the early going but Sandy’s front line eventually gave them a lead that held up to a late Eagle rally led by Erin Moore.
In the final game the visibly fatigued Eagles struggled to find a rhythm early, and every time they put the ball across, Jennifer Hiestand or Ashlee Hedon seemed to be there for the Pioneers to put it back. However, late in the game Justina McCrea came up with a big block to keep the Eagles alive and Bailie Hiallen began rolling up service points to narrow the gap at the end.
“The effort is there, we just need to work stuff in practice,” Walker said. “Each game we scored more points and notched it up a bit.”
Meanwhile, opening their season on the road, the boys’ soccer team found the going surprisingly easy against a typically tough David Douglas team as they rolled to a 5-1 win. Jesus Delgado scored 3 goals off the bench and Raul Marquez and Ceasar Hernandez added one each for the Eagles, who are now 1-0 in conference play.
“They all responded very well,” Coach Doug Beveridge said. “I was very happy with the intensity of play.”