Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Hood River Valley girls soccer team was sick of losing.
After dropping its first six matches to start the season, the Eagles put together their best game so far and beat the Woodburn Bulldogs 2-0 Wednesday afternoon in Hood River.
Roxy Gomez got a goal in each half to pace HRV, which countered Woodburn's physical play by creating numerous scoring chances.
"We really made it through some tough spots," HRV coach Kevin Haspela said, adding it was important for the Eagles to establish a tone of play before they head into league matches.
The Eagles host Pendleton in their league opener Tuesday then hit the road to Hermiston eight days later to play the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs.
In the opening six losses the Eagles had just two goals, both on set pieces. However it was the second goal, a strike by Andria Braniff in a 2-1 loss to No. 5-ranked West Albany Saturday, that Gomez said helped get the Eagles back on the right track.
"It started against West Albany," she said. "We only lost by one and knew we could play against them."
HRV carried that momentum over to the Woodburn game.
For the first time this season the HRV offensive attack found its legs and constantly pressured the Woodburn defense. A shot by Emily Thompson hit the post in the opening minutes, and several other HRV chances went just over or wide in the ensuing 30 minutes.
The Eagles got a break in the 32nd minute when Gomez intercepted a poor clearance pass, and then converted it by pounding it into the net.
She would score again in the opening moments of the second half when Sarah Clark served a perfect free kick into the box. Gomez knocked it down and then slotted it past the Woodburn keeper for a two-goal advantage that the Eagles would not relinquish.
The Eagles played a brutal non-league schedule against many of the top teams in the state, including an 8-0 loss to Sherwood, the odds-on favorite to win the 5A state title.
"We had really good challenges," Gomez said. "Those challenges made us stronger and helped a lot."
Haspela said the defense has grown stronger in the efforts against West Albany and Woodburn and that the team is now starting to get more comfortable going on the attack.
"Our offensive and attacking instincts have been dulled a bit because we've been playing so much defense," he said. "But now we can sharpen them."
Now the team can wipe the slate clean and focus on its league matches. It enters league play solidly in the middle of the pack of 5A teams, ranked No. 22, a position which they hope will improve with some league wins.
"We've been waiting for it," Gomez said of the victory over Woodburn. "We are more confident in ourselves and each other."
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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