Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Last season when the Hood River Valley girls soccer team opened 0-4, it was firing shots at the net, but could find a way to get most of them to go in.
The Eagles would love to have that problem right now.
HRV dropped to 0-4 to start the season for the second consecutive year, with a 2-0 loss to Wilson in their home opener in which the Eagles managed just two shots on goal.
In the four losses the Eagles have just one goal, which came in a 3-1 loss at Cleveland Tuesday.
"This is all learning," HRV coach Kevin Haspela said after the loss to Wilson. "It's what the preseason is about."
However, those preseason games are dwindling and the schedule does not get easier.
The Eagles have two tough games ahead against Sherwood and West Albany before facing Woodburn in their non-league finale.
Last year the Eagles also started 0-4, before garnering a tie in their fifth match and then winning two of three before the start of league games.
The Eagles are currently trying to figure out how to get consistent movement from the back up to the attacking third.
"We're getting better at possessing out of the back," Haspela said. "We just need to be better in the attack."
The Eagles did get a few good looks Thursday, but came away with nothing to show for them.
In the 15th minute Kristin Lago had a good angle but Wilson goalkeeper Olivia Wallace made a spectacular save to punch it out. HRV had another chance seconds later when Roxanna Gomez served a corner kick into the box where Kendra Keillor headed it just over the bar.
Shortly after that Wilson got on the board on a deflected ball off a corner kick. The Trojans added another moments before halftime on a quick transition from the backfield.
In the second half Mig McCurdy played a nice ball through the box, but no one could get to it in time. Moments later Sarah Clark and Skye Windsor also put nicely served balls into the box, but again no forwards could get to the ball.
"The transition is something we need to improve," Haspela said. "We've got the talent; we just need to get the communication."
About this time last season was when the Eagles also began to stop their opponents from scoring goals. HRV has had to keep several scoring options back on defense early in the season to help shore up that end of the pitch, but once the defense steadies itself, the goals should come more easily.
The Eagles only have to look at last season, where an 0-4 start was followed by a league title and state playoff appearance.
"We've just got look at this is an opportunity instead of bad luck," he said. "In many ways this was our best game."
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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