Drama Queens

HRV girls win first-ever playoff game in spine-tingling fashion

HOOD RIVER — If the HRV soccer girls were trying to impress the critics on Saturday, they certainly did their job.

The unbeaten Eagles, who seem to have a flare for the dramatic, somehow overcame the pressure, the adversity and a key injury to defeat the Westview Wildcats, 3-2, on penalty kicks.

They took it right down to the last shot, too, advancing to the second round of the 4A state playoffs for the first time in their history.

“We all wanted this game more than any other game,” said senior defender Jodie Gates. “It feels so good to finally accomplish our goal of winning in the playoffs.”

But it wasn’t easy.

Down 2-0 before they had even broken a sweat — Westview scored twice in the first three minutes — the Eagles also had to overcome a missed penalty kick before they were able to tie the game on two quick strikes by Acer Lopez and Becca Meierbachtol.

Not even eight minutes had gone by, and suddenly, the score was knotted at two.

“I think the key to the comeback was that we all stayed really relaxed,” said junior defender Lisa Tedford, who scored on one of HRV’s six penalty kick attempts after a scoreless 10-minute overtime.

“Even though Becca missed the penalty kick early, it still helped us build momentum. Then, when Acer scored, we knew we could take ‘em. At that point, we all wanted it too much to let them steal the game,” she said.

Add the extra motivation of losing their star player (Meierbachtol) to injury late in the second half, and the Eagles were

destined for an Oscar-winning performance in overtime.

Lopez, Anna Hidle and Lindsay McClure quarterbacked the attack in place of Meierbachtol the rest of the way, and peppered the Wildcats’ goal with shot after shot before running out of time.

The deadlock sent the game to penalty kicks — a situation the Eagles had been practicing for all week. And that little bit of foresight paid off, as the Eagles made four of six PK’s to seal the win.

Becki Flory also made two key saves — the second of which sent the entire Eagles team and their coaches into a frenzy at midfield.

“Becki came up huge for us by blocking those two shots,” said Hidle, a junior midfielder who scored right before Flory’s game-winning save. “We all did a good job of maintaining our composure and believing in ourselves. That’s what this win was about.”

With the win, the Eagles advanced to the second round to face the No. 3-ranked team in the state, Tualatin, which is coming off a 7-0 first-round win over Wilson. The game was played at 6 p.m. Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. See the Nov. 9 edition for a complete wrap up.


Senior captain Becca Meierbachtol, the Intermountain Conference Player of the Year who missed Tuesday’s game due to a foot injury, will formally commit to the University of Portland this week. She was offered a soccer scholarship, and plans to begin playing next fall.

Latest stories

Latest video:

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

Log in to comment

News from our Community Partners