In league action this week, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer squad came away with two key victories. On the road Tuesday, the Eagles capitalized on stingy defense and a goal from sophomore Chris Cardenas for a narrow 1-0 victory.
Thursday the boys hosted Pendleton, and as the season tapers down to just a few more matches, the 3-0 win was a must-do for the team to accomplish the goal of league champion.
"It was a tale of two teams," Coach Jaime Rivera said after the game. "We played a completely different game in the second half; and it paid off."
The 0-0 score at halftime had coaches from both teams frustrated with the stalemate.
"I give the boys a lot of credit for listening to the coaches, changing their gameplan at halftime and following through with three goals in the second half."
Goals came from Jose Ortiz, Erik Gutierrez and Luis Murillo.
With just two games left in league play, the Eagles are tied with Hermiston for first place. The squad faces Hermiston next week on the road and hosts The Dalles on Nov. 1 (6 p.m. at HRVHS) in its final game of the regular season.
"Our goal this year is to win the conference championship," Rivera said. "After that, we're not gunning for a state championship, but we definitely would like to win a couple of playoff games."