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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