Wednesday, October 31, 2001
The forecast for Saturday's (Oct. 27) first-place playoff game between HRV and Central Catholic was typical for October -- cold with a little rain.
But the way the Eagles' offense played, it could have been the middle of July, because they were red hot, pouring in five unanswered goals to beat the Rams 5-1 at Parkrose High School.
"This is the perfect way to head into the playoffs," coach Doug Beveridge said. "Our attitude right now is very positive."
Corey Vandlac scored two goals, Matt Dallman and Josh Kitts netted one apiece, and Jordan Thompson chipped in a header goal and assist as the Eagles avenged a 3-0 loss on Oct. 18.
Not only did the Eagles prove they could play with Central Catholic, they humbled the Rams to claim the No. 1 Mt. Hood Conference seed heading into state. The playoffs begin Saturday, Nov. 3 at home versus Madison.
"We basically showed them that (the 3-0 loss) was a fluke," Beveridge said. "This was an example of us being more prepared and simply wanting it more."
However, the road to victory wasn't easy for the Eagles. They were forced to come from behind in this game just as they were unable to do in the first meeting.
Central Catholic got its confidence up early when the Eagle defense failed to clear the ball away deep in its own zone, setting up a 15-yard blast that put the Rams up 1-0.
But instead of being mentally distracted by the one-goal deficit, the players maintained their poise and kept the pressure on the Rams throughout the first half, finally breaking through with 12 minutes left to play.
Ben Saur launched a 50-yard freekick into the Rams' box, where Vandlac was waiting to pounce. The keeper made a quality defensive play to deter the shot, but when he sent the ball out, it went right to Dallman, who chipped a 30-yarder over his head to even the score.
Both teams stepped up their play in the final 10 minutes of the half, neither wanting to concede the lead before halftime.
But the slippery field and perhaps a little luck allowed the Eagles to get behind the Rams defense with just six minutes left.
Dallman played the ball in the air from midfield to Thompson, who sent a perfect through ball between three defenders to Vandlac running down the right side.
Vandlac turned on the jets and ripped a shot from a near-impossible angle that slipped underneath the goalie to give HRV a 2-1 advantage going into halftime.
The Eagles didn't waste any time capitalizing on their momentum, scoring their third goal just 10 minutes into the second. Kitts controlled the ball left side and looked to be crossing the ball into space. But he surprised everyone and sent a bending bullet toward the near post that the keeper couldn't control.
Kitts and Dallman continued to send long shots and crosses into the box to effectively keep the Rams’ defense on guard, while Thompson and Alex Ponce patrolled the middle of the field to set up a bevy of scoring chances.
Saur, John Wall and Andy Holmson also made some brilliant defensive plays to thwart Central's attack, which proved far less dominant on a neutral field.
Rafael Mondragon regained his confidence after giving up the early goal to stifle every shot the Rams sent his way. He also set up numerous counterattacks with a series of booming kicks.
One such counterattack resulted in the Eagles' fourth goal at the 21-minute mark. The defense stole the ball in the HRV zone and cleared the ball upfield into space. But Central Catholic was unable to send the ball out and the opportunistic Vandlac jumped all over it, one-timing the ball past the keeper into the lower right.
HRV put the game away just three minutes later when Ponce's 30-yard strike hit the crossbar and rebounded to Thompson, who headed it in.
The Eagles will look to maintain their offensive assault against Madison on Saturday, Nov. 3 -- a team they beat 2-1 on Sept. 11, but one that has markedly improved.
"We dominated Madison in the first meeting, but we also caught them pretty early in the season," Beveridge said. "We have a lot of confidence going in, but anything can happen in a one-game season."
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge