HRV girls take down Cr. County in opener

PRINEVILLE — Justine Bryant’s high-school career couldn’t have started any sweeter than it did last Friday at Crook County.

The freshman striker scored her first varsity goal — also the Hood River Valley’s first goal of the season — a mere 30 seconds into the first half as the Eagles went on to defeat the Cowgirls by a score of 4-0.

“What a way to start the season, let alone a high-school career,” said coach Sue Farro. “I don’t even know how it happened. All of a sudden, I look up and it’s 1-0.”

It didn’t take long for Bryant to get her second goal either. After junior Katie Flory put the Eagles up 2-0 midway through the first half, Bryant sprinted through the goal box with one minute remaining to put HRV up 3-0.

Senior Acer Lopez notched the final goal of the day with roughly one minute remaining in the game.

“I’m very pleased with how the first game went,” Farro said. “Crook County is a better team than last year, and we still dominated most of the way. I was happy to see us play so well over the weekend, and I hope we can keep it up against Redmond.”

HRV will take on the Panthers Thursday in Redmond, and Farro wants to be sure her team comes away with a win since Redmond will be battling for one of the four Intermountain Conference playoff spots.

“That is one team we have to beat,” she said. “We’ll have our work cut out for us, but if we play like we did over the weekend, we should come out on top.”

The Eagles followed up Friday’s win at Crook County with a three-game jamboree at Aloha High School on Saturday. Scores for the three mini games were 0-0 versus Aloha, 2-0 versus Reynolds, and 0-1 versus Grant.

Farro said she was surprised at how tenacious her team was against a well-polished team like Grant, and believes that experience will help her team against the top IMC squads.

“We showed great heart and true grit the entire game against a very good team,” Farro said. “We were also able to try some people at new positions, which showed us what we have to work with.”

Senior Lisa Tedford, the starting sweeper, moved into a center midfield role, while freshman Jessica Ostler moved into the sweeper position.

Sophomore Rose Brunk also saw some time in the net after starter Rochelle Friend injured her back during warmups.

“We’re a little banged up, but it’s nothing serious yet,” Farro said.

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