In a last minute change, the Hermiston girl’s soccer team hit the road to face their cross-county rival the Pendleton Buckaroos. With a shortage of referees effecting previously scheduled game times, the Bulldogs made the choice to join the boys in Pendleton for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.
The switch didn’t seen to hurt the visitors, as Hermiston picked up a 3-0 shutout victory for its first league win.
Both teams entered the match winless in the Columbia River Conference (CRC), but it was the Bulldogs (4-5-2 overall, 1-0-2 CRC) who came out victorious.
When asked about the girl’s win after the game, head coach Danielle MacBride was glad the girls were able to grind it out.
“It was okay,” she said. “It was Pendleton. It’s always a battle for us, so we’ll take the win.”
Both teams were held scoreless for much of the first half, until Hermiston finally found the back of the net with seven minutes left until the break. Freshman Amanda Nygard got the Bulldogs on the board, and led her team into the half with a 1-0 lead over the Buckaroos (1-7-1, 0-3-0).
Hermiston picked up two more insurance goals in the second half and from the efforts of sophomore goalkeeper Lanie Gomez, the Bulldogs were able to hold the Bucks at bay.
It was a big win for Hermiston, as only one team from the CRC will earn a playoff birth. Right now, Hood River Valley holds the top spot with a 2-0-1 league record. The Bulldogs will be able to work out some kinks before they face the Eagles when they host The Dalles on Thursday for Senior Night.
“Every day is a new day with this group,” MacBride said. “You know what they are cable of. We’re still just trying to keep up the consistency, and with every win you carry the momentum with you so hopefully we can keep it up for Thursday when we have home field advantage.”
In the two team’s previous match up Sept. 26, they ended the game in a 0-0 draw. It was the first league game for both teams.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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