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SOCCER: Riverside sweeps Irrigon in doubleheader

The Riverside Pirates boys and girl’s soccer teams shut out Irrigon on Saturday.
By Alexis Mansanarez

Staff Writer

Published on October 10, 2017 11:13AM

Riverside’s senior forward Nahomy Claustro fights off an Irrigon defender in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

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Riverside’s senior forward Nahomy Claustro fights off an Irrigon defender in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

Riverside’s junior defender Faith Rosen works to move the ball up field as Irrigon’s junior midfielder Gabriela Avellano chases her tail in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

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Riverside’s junior defender Faith Rosen works to move the ball up field as Irrigon’s junior midfielder Gabriela Avellano chases her tail in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

Riverside’s junior midfielder and captain Alondra Caldera puts pressure on Irrigon in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

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Riverside’s junior midfielder and captain Alondra Caldera puts pressure on Irrigon in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

Riverside’s senior forward Nahomy Claustro chases the ball after fighting off an Irrigon defender in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

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Riverside’s senior forward Nahomy Claustro chases the ball after fighting off an Irrigon defender in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 4-0.

Riverside sophomore Ulyces Lopez makes his way around Irrigon freshman Jose Medina and junior Luis Cardenas in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.

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Riverside sophomore Ulyces Lopez makes his way around Irrigon freshman Jose Medina and junior Luis Cardenas in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.

Riverside freshman Davila Ricardo heads the ball out of reach of Irrigon freshman Jose Medina in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.

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Riverside freshman Davila Ricardo heads the ball out of reach of Irrigon freshman Jose Medina in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.

Riverside sophomore Julian Elvert Jimenez makes his way gets control of the ball as Irrigon junior Luis Cardenas catches up in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.

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Riverside sophomore Julian Elvert Jimenez makes his way gets control of the ball as Irrigon junior Luis Cardenas catches up in Saturday’s game at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.

Irrigon sophomore Marcos Rangel takes possession of the ball in Saturday’s game against Riverside at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.

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Irrigon sophomore Marcos Rangel takes possession of the ball in Saturday’s game against Riverside at Irrigon High school. The Riverside Pirates won 11-0.


On Saturday, the Irrigon Knights welcomed the Riverside boys and girls soccer teams for a doubleheader. The Pirates certainly made their presence known as both teams shut out the Knights by a combined 15 goals.

Irrigon was fielding a first-year girl’s varsity program against the experienced Pirates. At first the competition was evenly matched. The Knights inexperience definitely showed but it took a while for the Pirates to find their groove in very windy conditions.

Small mistakes on both sides, like inaccurate short passes or missed opportunities to down the ball, caused possession to change frequently. But once Riverside settled down, the Pirates began to dominate. They scored four goals in 20 minutes, and entered the half up by a comfortable margin.

“I liked the girl’s pressure,” head coach Carlos Velasco said. “We worked on that, on pressuring the ball.”

The Pirates continued to put the pressure on in the second half, holding the Knights scoreless with only three shots on goal. Riverside had to grind out its victory down four players, which left the team without any subs.

“At the end they kind of got tired,” Velasco added.

The athleticism and endurance the girls showed against Irrigon is going to be something they will need to tap into as they near the end of the regular season. Saturday’s win moves them to 5-1-2 on the season and 2-0-1 in league play. The Pirates hold the top spot in Special District 2.

While the Knights won’t continue into the postseason, head coach Joe Cobb celebrates the small victories, which he sees in the improvements the girls make week to week.

“I thought the kids — we have progressively got better each game,” Cobb said. “I tell them the goal every game is to get better, and I like to try to get the ball in the goal. But I didn’t feel we went out there and embarrassed ourselves. I thought we went out there and played our kind of game.”

Unlike the girls, the boy’s match up was uneven. They took the field after the girl’s game and with Irrigon entering the game winless and Riverside undefeated it was only a matter of time before the Pirates began their reign. They earned their eighth consecutive victory after defeating the Knights 11-0.

The Pirates (8-0 overall, 3-0 Special District 4) scored four goals in the first half, one was off a free kick by sophomore Ulyces Lopez with just six minutes to go until the half.

Riverside’s comfortable lead increased dramatically in the opening minutes of the second half. The Pirates scored three goals in the first six minutes against the Knights (0-9, 0-3), who were playing without any subs. A goalie change by Irrigon stopped the Pirates from tallying more goals, but Riverside cemented it’s No. 1 standing with this massive win.

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Contact Alexis at sports@hermistonherald.com or 541-564-4542. Follow her on Twitter @almansanarez.















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