Bucks Rally past bulldogs 3-2

<p>Hermiston's Shaelynn Gilbert, 8, chases after Pendleton's Bianca Mendoza, 18. The Bucks won the match 3-2.</p>

Goals were readily available Tuesday night at Kennison Field as the Pendleton Bucks outlasted the Hermiston Bulldogs, 3-2.

Bulldog freshman Shaelynn Gilbert scored on a ricochet two and a half minutes into the game to put Hermiston ahead early.

Bulldog head coach Danielle Turner said her team came out with a strong start.

“We came out on a roll,” Turner said. “The excitement and intensity was there. We wanted to win this game.”

The Bulldogs kept the pressure on, controlling the first 25 minutes of the match. Freshman goalkeeper Kilie Harrison made a number of key stops for Hermiston.

The Bucks were able to capitalize on a couple Hermiston mistakes, however, which led to two first half goals.

“We’re getting better at eliminating those errors,” Turner said. “It’s just a few things each game. Those weaknesses will catch up with you, and tonight they did.”

The Bucks scored on a penalty kick from sophomore forward Marisol Argueta in the 28th minute and then again in the 33rd minute when Kiana Sperl found the back of the net.

Pendleton head coach Rocky Dillenburg said his team kept its focus after surrendering the early goal.

“It’s one of the nice characteristics of our team this year,” he said. “We knew we had nearly the entire match left in front of us. Our seniors made sure everyone kept calm, and we were able to battle back.”

The Bulldogs struck back early in the second half when Daryan Lewis scored to tie the game at two apiece.

Pendleton answered on the very next possession when Sperl netted her second goal of the night.

It’s those types of lapses, Turner said, Hermiston is trying to avoid.

“It’s just a little mental breakdown,” Turner said. “Those issues have plagued us all year. We played great for 70 minutes tonight.”

Dillenburg praised the play of Sperl.

“She’s been great all season,” he said. “She has to make a lot of quick decisions. She does a good job of playing within her game, and that showed tonight.”

Hermiston next takes on The Dalles Tuesday at Kennison Field.

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