Soccer girls bully Bulldogs for second win

HOOD RIVER — For the second straight game, the

offense came out of its shell and the defense laid another goose egg, helping the HRV soccer girls to a 5-0 win over Hermiston.

Junior striker Acer Lopez scored her third goal of the season, Becca Meierbachtol notched her second, and Jazzy Cohen and Lindsay McClure each tallied their first, as the senior-dominated Eagles bullied the Bulldogs for the entire 80 minutes.

The Hermiston defense even pitched in, providing an own goal late in the second half. But, with or without the help, the Eagles were spot-on Tuesday.

“We passed the ball a lot better and used the whole field today — especially in the second half,” said Cohen, a senior forward/midfielder. “This was a much better team than Crook County, but we were still able to play our game.”

Proving that the early-season offensive drought was merely temporary, HRV (2-0-2) registered 35 shots on goal to the Bulldogs’ three — all of which came in the first half.

As a result, senior goalkeeper Becki Flory had to endure another “yawner” on the way to her second straight shutout.

“I don’t expect it to be so easy against Summit and Mountain View,” she said of this weekend’s two opponents. “But we’re playing with confidence right now. Now that we’ve got a couple wins in the new league, we can focus on trying to win first place.”

Flory and Cohen each said they believed it was important that the Eagles matched the scoring output of Summit and Mountain View against the league’s two lesser teams.

“I think it’s important for us to keep pace,” Cohen said of the two teams HRV will face this weekend in Bend. “If we can score as many goals, it kind of shows us where we’re at and what we can expect.”

No one on the team doubts that the Eagles will be right in the thick of the race until the season’s final day, and the Eagles are starting to show that they’re all on the same page.

“This whole group has been playing together so long, and we’d like to finish No. 1 in our senior year,” said forward/ midfielder Jenny Villagomez. “We want to go out on top.”

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