By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
September 16, 2006
Locked in a 0-0 tie coming out of halftime, the Hood River Eagles and Sam Barlow Bruins both wanted a win to firmly establish themselves as competitors for a league playoff spot.
The win went to the team that kept it together under pressure.
The Eagles took advantage of several Barlow miscues late in the game and Raul Marquez and Jesus Delgado to come away with a 2-0 victory Thursday afternoon.
Around the 75-minute mark, Barlow’s goalkeeper received a yellow card when he collided with a Hood River player in the box just after making a save.
Once a player has received a yellow card, they must sub out of the game before coming back on the field.
A Barlow defense that had been holding the line against several Hood River attacks seemed nervous and jumpy after the play, which left them with a reserve player in a sweatshirt standing in goal for a few minutes while the starting keeper waited to get back in.
Moments after he returned Marquez knocked in a shot from a few yards out to give the Eagles a 1-0.
Ten minutes later Delgado was left with a shot on an open net after the keeper fell down trying to make a save, and put it in for the final margin.
Much of the second half was played with the Eagles on the attack in the Barlow half of the pitch. However, when Barlow penetrated the Eagles defense they got off quality shots. They could not get on the scoreboard though as Nathan Ponce made several good diving stops for the Eagles to hold the lead.
The Eagles got a momentary scare in the final minutes when Mo Brueckmann went down hard after colliding with a Barlow player.
The play led to a different Barlow player being ejected after yelling obscenities at the referee while protesting the call. Brueckmann got up and was able to continue playing.
After the game, Coach Doug Beveridge was pleased with his team’s effort. “We kept a clean sheet against a good attacking team,” Beveridge said. “This was a good team game and it was very gratifying to win.”
With the win the Eagles move to 3-0 in conference play after beating Reynolds 5-0 on the road earlier in the week.
The Eagles take on Centennial at home on Tuesday.