The Hermiston boys soccer team picked up just two wins in the newly-annointed Columbia River Conference, but they both came against rival Pendleton.
Both victories were 3-1, and the Dawgs also picked up a tie against The Dalles Wahtonka, 0-0, Oct. 4 to account for its seven points in the CRC.
Outstanding goalkeeping from senior Connor McMichael kept Hermiston in most matches, along with great play in the midfield sophomore Oscar Contreras and defending from Taylor Hood and Matt Ternes.
But when the Dawgs lost, it was because the attack went south. The only game they lost in which they scored was a 2-1 loss to Oregon City way back on Sept. 14. Every other loss had the Bulldogs blank on the scoresheet.
The Dawgs picked up a 1-0 win over LaGrande on Sept. 7 on a Tigers own goal and pounded Silverton, 7-1, at home Sept. 18.
Hermiston lost in the first round of play-in matches to Milwaukie, 1-0, Nov. 4.
The girls team suffered the same fate in the first round play-in game, dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to Liberty on Nov. 6.
Angel Aguayo, Emily Potts, Maggie Coleman, Kayla Swarat and Mikaela Rodriguez all contributed to the attack for the Dawgs, who finished 5-5-4 (W-L-T) on the season.
Goalkeeper Hope Butler notched 63 saves this season and was named to the all-Columbia River Conference first team. Maggie and Catie Coleman were also named to the first-team, while Swarat, Breana Berger and Rodriguez were second-team picks.
The Umatilla boys team advanced to the state playoffs yet again, but were bounced out by a well-rounded Dayton club, 4-0, in the first round.
Umatilla finished second in Special District 5 to rival Riverside, compiling a 10-2-3 overall. The only league loss for the Vikings came at the hands of the Pirates, 5-2, Oct. 19.
Senior forward Yeldar Orduna was the guy Umatilla turned to when they needed a goal, leading the team in scoring.
Senior defender Jorge Campos was always in the mix when a corner kick was served into the penalty area, using great body control and awareness to connect on goals with his head. Pedro Ortiz Jr., the teams other senior, played the midfield as good as anyone and distributed the ball with uncanny accuracy.
Umatillas girls soccer team narrowly missed qualifying for the district playoffs this season under first-year head coach Tim Lee.
While the Vikings only record two wins, they tied Riverside twice and picked up a league win over De La Salle North Catholic, 2-0.
Catherine and Susan Routson provided Umatilla with inspired play, along with freshman Priscilla Bernal.
Umatilla finished 2-6-2.
The Riverside scoring machine kept chugging along this year, leading Class 3A in goals with 123.
The Pirates took on the No. 1-ranked Catlin Gabel Eagles on Tuesday in the Class 3A semifinals, but the score was unavailable by press time.
After the Pirates shootout victory over Pleasant Hill in the quarterfinals Saturday, Riverside hopes to get to the final, where they would met either St. Marys or Dayton.
Jovanny Llamas, Jose Flores, Erik Ruiz, Jose Fernandez and Francisco Martinez have all been key contributors in the attack for the Pirates. Riverside has a 14-1-1 record this season.
On the girls side, it was a bit of a down year. After making the state playoffs last season, led by conference player of the year Amy Kegler, the team almost had a complete turnover due to graduation.
They finished the year with two wins, coming against Baker and Corbett. They had a 2-6-4 record overall.