Boys arrive at perfect ten with win

HRV's boys soccer team took one more step toward the conference playoffs Oct. 10 with its second consecutive 3-0 shutout, this time over the Sandy Pioneers.

The win gave Hood River a perfect 10-0 record to start the season, further solidifying its place among the league's elite, and perhaps as the best team in the state that no one is talking about.

Field conditions Oct. 10 in Sandy were abysmal and the opposition was extra physical, but that didn't bother Hood River, who has dominated every team this season regardless of brawn or rain.

Alex Ponce continued his recent scoring streak with a first-half penalty kick, giving him five goals in the the Eagles' first four conference games.

Matt Dallman also scored a first half goal on a skillfull through ball from Corey Vandlac. Jordan Thompson rounded out the shutout with a second-half goal on a pass from defender Alvaro Lara.

Despite the field conditions and the "cheap" bunch of thugs from Sandy, coach Doug Beveridge was happy with the effort.

"We were spreading the field well and connecting on all our passes," he said. "Their guys were getting frustrated, and by the end of the game, it was a shooting gallery."

Beveridge also felt the team did a nice job of overcoming adversity on Wednesday.

"Poor field conditions often play to the other team’s favor," he said, "but we did a good job of just playing our game."

Nestor Elisea and Andy Holmson had strong defensive games for the Eagles, who were playing with an injured sweeper in Ben Saur, and without stopper John Wall altogether.

"Andy has done a nice job stepping in for John the past two games," Beveridge said. "He never complains about playing time and always takes advantage of his opportunities on the field."

Hood River will look to add to its unblemished record against a talented Central Catholic squad Thursday.

"Central is the big game of both our seasons," Beveridge said. "We got a huge 1-0 win last year and they want revenge."

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