After dropping three straight games in a week, including a disappointing 3-1 at-home loss Tuesday against Wilsonville, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team had to regroup for what was expected to be its toughest match of the season.
The boys traveled Thursday to face the undefeated, defending state champions and Oregon’s No. 1 ranked 5A school, Woodburn.
Coach Jaime Rivera calls the 4-4 tie a huge win for the Eagles, now 3-3-1 overall and ranked fourth in the state at 5A.
“After Tuesday’s game, we were really in need of a solid showing,” he said. “We started out in similar fashion, however, and found ourselves in a hole early on.”
At halftime the team was down 3-1, and the Bulldogs scored a fourth early in the second half to up their lead.
“When we play well we can hang with any team in the state, which I think we proved last night,” Rivera said. “We were down by three goals with about 20 minutes left in the game. The boys calmed down and started playing how we play best.”
Four goals from four separate HRV players (Giovanni Magana, Cemiel Buursma, Jose Muro and Chris Cardenas) brought the game to a tie.
“It was a very special game for the team,” Rivera said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Even though we tied, it was a huge win for us.”