Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Facing a do-or-die game Friday night, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team ended its season with a 3-1 loss against the No. 22-ranked Wilson Trojans. The Eagles had home-field advantage for state championship tournament play-in game after finishing the regular season ranked No. 11.
“They were a talented team that I think deserved a better ranking than they had,” coach Kevin Haspela said of Wilson, which finished as 5A Special District 2 co-champions with No. 10 ranked Cleveland. “They took a very different strategy than what we wanted to do, and that kept us from getting into any kind of offensive rhythm.”
The Trojans utilized the team’s speedy offensive line by sending a lot of long and through balls, which kept the HRV midfielders and defense on their heels, not wanting to get pulled too far forward and then out-run in the backfield. Those adjustments meant a diversion from the Eagles’ offensive strategy of controlling the midfield, working the ball up along the wings and sending center balls into scoring territory.
“We got caught up in their game instead of focusing on what we wanted to do offensively,” said Haspela, recently voted Columbia River Conference girls soccer Coach of the Year. “I think overall it was a good game; they had some skilled players and scored some great goals. I think the girls are feeling a little down from the loss, but that’s just because they care so much about the team and didn’t want the season to end.”
Wilson scored once in the first half off a free kick; HRV goalie Vanessa Silva made a diving save on the shot but deflected the ball in dangerous territory, which Wilson capitalized on. Still anyone’s game in the second half, the Eagles came out appearing more composed and on-task. Another Wilson goal midway through the half, though, and a comeback win appeared out of reach.
“It didn’t help that some of our key players weren’t on the field,” Haspela said. Senior captain Miga McCurdy was out sick, freshman playmaker Monique Diaz was pulled in the first half due to a head-on-head collision and stopper Jenissa Ramirez was out all game from an injury against The Dalles earlier in the week.
After re-establishing themselves in the midfield, the Eagles created a glimmer of hope with about 13 minutes in the game, when a one-on-one challenge between Korey Cimock and Wilson’s goalie resulted in a penalty kick. Sindy Magana sunk the shot to put the girls to within a goal. A revived sense of hope and urgency over the next several fizzled quickly, however, as Wilson scored another goal with less than five minutes remaining.
Although not the result the team was hoping for, the game marked the end of a successful season. Earlier in the week a 3-1 win over The Dalles-Wahtonka gave the team the outright CRC title — a goal Haspela said the team had been working toward all season. Prior to that, the girls went undefeated in five straight CRC games (although two were ties).
“We improved as we went on and played our best soccer at the end of the year; that’s what every coach hopes for,” Haspela said. “Looking ahead, we graduated five seniors. We’re going to miss them, but we have a lot of young talent moving up.
“We ended with three freshman and five sophomores on varsity; that’s a lot of young players who are going to return next season with more experience and intelligence on the field.”
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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