Hood River beats Bulldogs 1-0

<p></p><p>Hermiston senior Megan James, 7, clears the ball from Hood River players Lucy McLean, 12, and Jenissa Ramirez, 3, Tuesday at Kennison Field. The Eagles won, 1-0.</p>

The Hood River Eagles bested the Hermiston Lady Bulldogs 1-0 Tuesday at Kennison Field.

The lone goal of the match came near the mid-point of the first half in the 17th minute of play when Hood River freshman Cielo Rivera chipped one in past Hermiston’s freshman goal keeper Kilie Harrison.

Harrison’s strong play throughout the rest of the match kept the Bulldogs close, however. She made numerous clutch saves as the Eagles kept the pressure on for the entirety of the match. Hood River held a 15-6 advantage in shots on goal.

Hermiston head coach Danielle Turner was pleased with the play of her freshman goal keeper.

“You wouldn’t know she’s a freshman by the way she plays,” Turner said. “She has definitely kept us in a lot of games this season.”

Turner said she is excited about Harrison’s future.

“She already has some great fundamentals,” Turner said. “After a couple of years in the program she is going to be really solid.”

With only four seniors on the roster, youth can be a problem for the Bulldogs. Those youthful mistakes haunted Hermiston Tuesday night.

“It’s just a lack of experience playing the game,” Turner said. “It’s the little things that we need to get better at. We need to play with more authority and urgency when down 1-0.”

The Bulldogs showed a heightened intensity during the final 15 minutes of the match, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Eagles.

“We’re a lot more talented than we’ve shown so far,” Turner said. “It’s frustrating now, but it’ll come.”

The start of the match was delayed for 20 minutes because of a lack of officials. Turner didn’t think the delayed start impacted her team, however.

“The delay didn’t affect us,” she said. “It’s all the same. We were excited and ready to play. Hood River just stepped up and beat us to the ball.”

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-1-1 in league play and 1-5-1 overall.

Hermiston next takes on Pendleton at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home. Pendleton beat The Dalles, 4-2, Tuesday in Pendleton.

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