Boys win again, stay undefeated

HRV's boys soccer team continued its mastery of the Mt. Hood Conference with a convincing 3-0 victory at Barlow on Monday, raising its record to 9-0 and its confidence level to a new high.

The usual suspects -- Corey Vandlac, Alex Ponce and Dereck Ponce -- each scored a goal, and Rafael Mondragon played superb in the net to help the Eagles record their second consecutive shutout, and fifth on the season.

"Barlow is a good team, but our guys are playing so well together right now, they didn't have a chance," coach Doug Beveridge said.

Alex Ponce and Vandlac also added assists in the victory, and combined on one of the nicest goals of the season early in the second half.

Vandlac flicked a header over a defender to Ponce, who skillfully chipped the ball over another defender's head and rifled it home without the ball even hitting the ground. "Alex was just giving them fits all day," Beveridge said. "That second goal just took the fight out of 'em. After that, it was showtime."

HRV could have run up the score even more, but shots by Jordan Thompson and Matt Dallman hit the post. Beveridge also pointed to Josh Kitts' superlative play in the midfield as a key to the victory.

The team will go for a perfect ten today at Sandy.

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October 6, 2001

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The HRV boys soccer team passed another test Oct. 2, beating the Gresham Gophers 1-0 on a goal by Alexander Ponce.

Ponce, a sophomore forward, has found his scoring touch the past two games, tallying three of the Eagles' six goals in the first two conference games, and helping HRV raise its season record to 8-0; 2-0 in Mt. Hood Conference play.

"This game was a great individual effort by Alex," coach Doug Beveridge said.

Ponce possesses two of the quickest feet in the league and has been frustrating opposing defenses all season with his crafty maneuvering and uncanny ball control.

He only netted one goal during nonconference play, but has stepped up his game in the team's first two conference games -- the other, a 4-1 win over Centennial last Thursday.

Beveridge said the Eagles dominated Tuesday's match from beginning to end, but weren't able to capitalize on a few opportunities because of poor field conditions.

Despite the less-than-ideal pitch, goalkeeper Rafael Mondragon came up with some crucial saves late in the game to preserve the victory.

Like any quality goalkeeper, Mondragon has proven he isn't afraid of getting mud on his jersey or taking a boot in the face for the team.

One negative note from Tuesday's game is that HRV may be forced to play this week's games against Barlow (Oct. 9) and Sandy (Oct. 11) without sweeper Ben Saur, who sustained a leg injury. Beveridge didn't know the extent of the injury, however, and said Saur walked off the field under his own power.

Freshman defender Alvaro Lara stepped in and played big for the Eagles to help preserve the win. Beveridge also pointed to a superb effort by junior midfielder Andy Holmson off the bench.

"Andy and Alvaro stepped it up big when we needed them," Beveridge said. "It's nice to have confidence in your bench."

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