Saturday, September 20, 2003
Things are about to get pretty tricky for the Hood River Valley girls soccer team.
After Tuesday’s 3-2 home loss to Bend, the Eagles (1-2 IMC) have now dropped two straight, with one of last year’s playoff teams, Summit, awaiting them on Friday (results not available at press time).
The Storm, which beat fellow playoff hopeful Redmond 2-0 on Tuesday, boasts a strong, senior-led lineup with plenty of speed on the attack.
And that could mean trouble for the young Eagles, who lost to Redmond 4-3 on Sept. 11, and risk going 1-3 to start league play.
“It’s a little bit of a shock,” coach Sue Farro said. “For me, and for the seniors who went undefeated last year. We’re still figuring out a few things about our team, and hopefully, we can get these teams back the second time around.”
HRV’s problem Tuesday, just as it was against Redmond, was falling behind by multiple goals and trying to claw its way back in the final 20 minutes.
Bend carried a 1-0 lead into halftime, and upped it to 2-0 just minutes into the second half. Then, a loose ball trickled in front of the HRV goal just long enough to wind up in the back of the net.
The Eagles got one back on the ensuing trip downfield, when senior Acer Lopez was taken down in the box. She converted the penalty kick to make it 3-1, and helped lead HRV’s late-game charge along with center midfielder Lisa Tedford.
Tedford, who recently moved from sweeper to center midfield to give the Eagles more firepower, ended up scoring a second penalty kick with about 10 minutes to go.
But the Lava Bears held off a frenetic HRV attack and sent the Eagles to their second league loss.
“When you have so many new faces on the field, it’s not easy to find a rhythm,” Farro said of her team, which features eight new starters — five of them on defense.
“We are learning the varsity game, while other teams have already gone through the growing pains.”
Like Bend, last Thursday’s opponent, Redmond was one of those senior-rich clubs that was able to exploit HRV’s young defense.
Freshman Jessica Ostler has been asked to assume the sweeper duties in place of Tedford, and she must direct a group with very little, if any, varsity experience.
Tedford’s absence means that Ostler must quarterback a defense that includes freshman Jill Chance, sophomores Rochelle Friend and Ruby Brunk, and juniors Alicia Friend and Emily Sager.
But Farro’s hope is that HRV’s offense will begin to churn better with Tedford and Anna Hidle in the middle, Katie Flory and Kristen Hedges on the wings, and Justine Bryant and Lopez up front.
“We’re going to give it a try for a few games,” Farro said. “Lisa has all the skills to play center mid, so we’ll see how it goes.”
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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