The Dalles beat Hermiston girls soccer, 1-0

<p> Hermiston Freshman Makenzie Lind, 16, chases down the ball against The Dalles Thursday at Kennison Field. The Eagle Indians beat the Bulldogs 1-0.</p>

The Dalles Eagle Indians beat the Hermiston Bulldogs girls soccer team, 1-0, Thursday at Kennison Field.

The loss drops the Bulldogs record to 1-6-1 on the season. Hermiston controlled the match throughout most of the game before surrendering a late goal in the 76th minute. Head coach Danielle Turner talked about the frustration that can cause.

“It’s tough,” she said. “We dominated the entire match. We were just a half a step too slow on that play, and The Dalles put it in the back of the net.”

Turner said her team’s record isn’t indicative of how talented the players are.

“These girls are good,” she said. “They work hard and are passionate. Sometimes we make youthful mistakes.”

Turner stated her players just need more game experience and she is excited for the future of her squad.

“Our team has learned so much already,” she said. “They’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season, and that will definitely help us in the seasons to come with our younger players.”

Turner hopes to finish out the season strong and build some momentum for next year.

“Hopefully we can have something to show for our effort and hard work,” she said. “We’ve competed all season, and that’s something I’m proud of. We’ve kept our heads held high.”

Freshman goalkeeper Kilie Harrison was solid once again for the Bulldogs. Turner said she has been pleased with Harrison’s progress throughout the season.

“Right now she is just playing based on instincts and feeling for the game,” Turner said. “Once she gets some more experience and technical training she’s going to be unstoppable. She’s definitely kept us afloat this season.”

Turner said Harrison is learning how to be a leader on the pitch.

“She’s come a long way in that regard already,” Turner said. “In a couple of years she’s definitely going to be one of the biggest leaders on this team.”

The Bulldogs travel to Hood River Valley to take on the Eagles Thursday.

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