A great spring for BSC Hood River

Youth soccer program builds on reputation as small-town powerhouse

U14 girls

The BSC Hood River Bulldogs U14 grade girls club soccer team finished the spring Oregon Youth Soccer Association competitive season with a 2-4-2 record. The team competed against some of the top teams in the state, scoring six goals in eight games and holding the opposing teams to 12 goals.

The Bulldogs finished their sixth year as a team representing Hood River in the arena of competitive club soccer.

“I’m very proud of the girls and their dedication to the sport,” said Pepe Rivera, president of BCS Hood River (formerly the Dynamos program). “They have grown into some fine soccer players and I foresee good things coming to the Hood River Valley High School soccer program.”

Rivera thanked coaches Chris Vantilberg and Jon Davies for their hard work and dedication to the team.

“It’s not common to have coaches stick it out over a six-year period and we very much appreciate their dedication,” Rivera added.

U11-12 boys

Also representing Hood River in the spring season is the BCS Hood River U11-12 boys team, which won two tough games last weekend to secure a No. 3 place in its division with one final game remaining.

“The OYSA league teams we have played are well organized and have shown a strong resolve by scoring early, but our boys have a lot of heart and responded with a strong second half in multiple games to come from behind and win,” said Don Marble, assistant coach

Leading the team this spring is HRVHS varsity boys coach Jaime Rivera.

“Jaime’s experience and leadership has made a big impact on the boys,” said Pepe Rivera. “We have players ranging from 9 to 12 years old playing on the same team this season and … Jaime and Don have done a fantastic job of not only coaching but making this mixed age and mixed community team competitive at the highest level.”

Rivera said players from throughout the Gorge and as far away as Boardman make up the team.

“Bright days lie ahead for these young athletes and I’m genuinely excited to see them grow,” he said.

Adding to the list of exiting things to come for the club, Rivera said, is the recent hiring of Julio Loza, who will be the organization’s first dedicated director of coaching.

Loza grew up playing soccer in Hood River before moving to Portland to play collegiately for Warner Pacific College. While in school he earned degrees in education and health and human kinetics, whole also coaching for the Oregon Soccer Academy and Bernie Fagan Soccer Camps. During his time working for OSA he acted as the development academy director and goalkeeper director for the club. After graduating from Warner Pacific he continued coaching with OSA and joined the Warner Pacific staff acting as an assistant coach for both the men and women programs and was the interim women’s head coach for the 2012 season.

“We’re super-excited to have a home-grown player back in town to fortify and continue the success that was started with the Dynamos program and into the future under BSC Oregon,” Rivera said.

Hood River Strikers

Last week the 12-14 year old Hood River Strikers had impressive victories over Oregon Crossfire and FC Portland to finish its spring season with a 5-1 record in the Oregon State Cup competition. The victory means the team qualified for the State Cup final that will be held May 3 in Portland.

Strikers’ Fundraiser

Help the Hood River Strikers make their way to the NPL tournament in North Carolina at a fundraiser dinner and auction May 4, 5-7 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge.

This is the same team that won the fall Premiere League of Oregon championship to qualify for the 2014 National Premiere League Tournament this summer in North Carolina.

The team is currently fundraising to for the trip and his hosting an open-to-all fundraiser dinner and auction on May 4, 5-7 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge.

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