HRV boys soccer climbs to No. 1 spot with win over Summit
The Eagles continued their high-flying season Friday night and completed their ascendance to the top of the OSAA 5A standings with a defeat of the No. 8 Summit Storm in what was a rematch of the 2013 5A state championship game.
HRV, now boasting a record of 5-0-1, moved to the top of the 5A standings for the first time this season thanks in part to the team’s comeback win on Friday in Bend. The win was an important one, as the Eagles have a rivalry with Summit despite being in different conferences, and Summit was the last team to defeat HRV (way back in November 2013).
That history, however, wasn’t at the forefront of HRV coach Jaime Rivera’s mind going into Friday’s game.
“The kids are always looking for the win, but just trying to go down there and do the best job we can to represent the Eagles and the school… that’s at the forefront of my priorities,” he said.
The first half was battle between what Rivera called “two good defensive” teams that saw possession bounce back and forth between Summit and HRV. The Storm broke through first with a goal in the 15th minute that was a high, long cross that found its way into HRV’s goal and stunned the Eagles.
“It was one of those where you scratch your head and say, ‘How did that happen?’” Rivera explained.
Five minutes later though, HRV scored the equalizer off a play from junior forward Noe Magaña that sophomore Alvaro Ramirez finished.
In the second half, Rivera said HRV was able to get more scoring chances thanks to better ball possession and his players coming out with “more focus, more energy.” In the 60th minute, senior striker Andrés Baeza, who leads the Eagles in scoring this season, got the go-ahead goal to put HRV up 2-1.
“That was more of a developed play, a passing combination from our defense,” explained Rivera. “I think we scored off five passes. Andy (Baeza) does a real good job of finishing simply.”
After the goal, HRV’s defense was able to shut down Summit, with sophomore keeper Travis Running making a total of five saves, and gained the benefit of subs Jorge Campos, Noah Noteboom, and Diego Ortiz, whom Rivera said did “an awesome job.” The Eagles also continued to dominate ball possession, particularly at the end of the match.
“We ended the game keeping possession for the last two minutes, so that was good,” Rivera said.
Next up: After hosting No. 9 Woodburn at Henderson Community Stadium Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for a rematch of the 2014 5A state championship game, HRV will be home again Thursday to play No. 28 LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory at Westside Elementary at 4:30 p.m.
After loss to West Albany, HRV girls looking to bounce back
Last week was a rough one for HRV girls soccer, getting shut out by Central Catholic and Summit at home and sustaining injuries in the process.
Things didn’t get much better for the Eagles on Saturday, who faced West Albany and were shut out for the third consecutive match, losing to the Bulldogs by a score of 3-0.
The game may have been a blowout on paper, but in reality, HRV coach Kevin Haspela said his team played well for the majority of the game, but was burned on set pieces, which accounted for all three of West Albany’s goals.
“This was a close game,” he said, “and the score didn’t reflect possession or control of the game.”
The rough trip started even before the Eagles took the pitch, thanks to a bus that broke down and caused the team to be late to the match, giving HRV about 15 minutes to warm up, and resulting in a truncated 70-minute game as referees had to head off to officiate another match, Haspela said.
HRV did an admirable job of keeping the Bulldogs in check for the first part of the game, but found themselves in a 1-0 hole after West Albany scored on a deflected corner kick just two minutes before the half.
Set pieces haunted HRV in the second half as well, as West Albany scored on a corner six minutes into the second after the Eagles were unable to keep control of the ball after the kick, and the Bulldogs put one in low to go up 2-0. West Albany added another after a free kick from 40 yards out sailed over HRV defenders and was picked up by the Bulldogs for the final score of the afternoon.
Haspela said his players have “got to win the ball in the box” and work on “assertiveness and winning the ball,” but didn’t feel HRV had a problem defending set pieces in general.
“We had some unlucky bounces — hopefully we’ll get some unlucky bounces that go our way,” he said.
HRV headed into this week’s games with banged-up players in various stages of convalescence, including midfielder Cielo Rivera, middie Mona Diaz, defender Kara Kiyokawa, and middie/forward Kassidy Davidson. Haspela noted that most, if not all, should be ready to play this week, in some tough games. The No. 11 Eagles (3-3) were scheduled to host No. 7 Liberty at the high school Tuesday at 4 p.m. (results not available at press time) and then travel to No. 5 Sandy on Thursday at 7.
And though the Eagles may be bruised after last week’s games, they are far from broken.
“We’ve had a lot of growth this week, because we’ve had to handle adversity,” Haspela said.