Soccer girls tie Cougars in wild finish at Westside

The score is tied 2-2. There are seven minutes left in the second half. Sophomore Jessica McMorran passes the ball to junior Katie Flory, who turns and shoots the ball into the goal, giving the Hood River Valley Eagles a 3-2 lead and all but assuring a victory over Mountain View.

However, with only seconds remaining, disaster strikes as Cougar freshman Shelby Mac-Ritchie scores her second goal of the game off a free kick.

Then, less than 10 seconds after HRV’s kickoff, the final whistle blows with the score tied 3-3.

“It was an exciting game, but it was painful to have it end that way,” coach Sue Farro said. “Victory was there but we weren’t able to hold on.”

The pain of the tie extended to the players as well.

“We came into this thinking that it would be an even game,” said senior midfielder Anna Hidle. “And it’s OK to tie. It just doesn’t feel like a win.”

The Cougars won the Intermountain Conference last year, and are currently 4-2-1 in league. And while the Eagles felt like they played a strong game against the league favorites, they would have preferred a different result.

“It’s good to know that we can play against the best,” said Hidle. “But we needed this win.”

Mountain View scored its first goal early in the first half, letting the Eagles know that this wasn’t going to be an easy game.

But toward the end of the first half, HRV got it back when junior Kristen Hedges found senior Acer Lopez in the box for Eagles’ first goal, tying the score at 1-1.

Early in the second half, the Cougars once again regained the lead. But not for long, as senior Lisa Tedford drove the ball into the goal off a touch pass from junior defender Emily Sager.

The score remained deadlocked for most of the second half until Flory’s strike, and although the game ended in a tie, the girls felt good about their level of play.

“I think we definitely stepped up and played like a team,” said Hidle. “We hope to have more practice under our belts before we play them again, and hopefully the result will be different.”

The rematch is scheduled for Oct. 11 in Bend, and the Eagles plan to be prepared.

HRV is now 2-2-2 in the IMC, which puts them right behind Redmond for the fourth and final playoff spot.

The Eagles hosted last-place Pendleton on Tuesday (results not yet available), and will travel to first-place Bend on Friday.

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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



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