The Hermiston boys soccer team claimed a share of
the Columbia River Conference championship with a 4-2 win Tuesday
at Armand Larive Middle School against the Pendleton Bucks.
Oscar Contreras and Orlando Guzman provided the
strikes for the Dawgs in the victory, with Contreras goals coming
late in the second half to break a 2-2 tie.
The first-team all-league midfielder scored in the
64th and 70th minutes to put the game away and give Hermiston a
chunk of the league title. They finished the season tied with Hood
River Valley at 4-0-2 (14 points).
This is an indescribable feeling, Hermiston head
coach Rich Harshbeger said. I got doused with ice water, and its
the best feeling Ive had in a long time.
The match could have easily been 5-2, but Hermiston
missed a penalty kick in the match, something that dampened the
Dawgs spirits just a little, Harshberger said.
Its tough to come back from a missed PK, he said.
We had a fiery halftime chat, and we came out and set the tone in
the second half.
After Contreras broke the 2-2 tie with his goal in
the 64th, he gave the Dawgs an insurance policy six minute later
with another strike.
Hes a game changer, Harshberger said of Contreras,
one of the leagues players of the year this season. He pulled us
out of the brink. Wed be looking at a 2-2 tie if it wasnt for his
Guzmans second goal was a bit of a controversial
one, however. After Hermiston stuck the ball near the goal line and
had trouble getting a clean shot on it, one of the putback attempts
was called a goal for the Dawgs, even though they didnt think it
went in and kept on playing.
But nonetheless, the goal counted, and Harshberger
said going into the halftime break tied at 1-1 made him a little
Pendleton was looking good, he said. They were
putting together some nice combination plays and had great speed.
They wanted to be the spoilers.
Pendletons Casey Argueta, the Bucks lone first-team
all-CRC pick, scored both goals.
The Dawgs played Milwaukie in a Class 5A play-in game
Friday, a team they beat 8-0 earlier in the year, but the result
was unavailable by the Herald press time.