The Hillsboro junior varsity soccer team gained valuable experience last week at the Union Tournament. Playing three excellent teams, the Hawks didn’t get a win, but there were a lot of learning experiences that were used as the team continues to mature.
After losing to Washington in the first match of the tournament, the team met Union last Thursday, losing 7-0. The first half was a tough one as Hillsboro found themselves down 6-0. “Our goal at halftime was to hold them and win the second half,” JV coach Tish Naeger pointed out. “We held them by packing in our defensive third. Late in the half, the refs called a foul on Alyse Keeven inside the box allowing Union a PK which they made. They have a lot of talent in their program.” Mackenzie Golden was in goal in the first half. and Melanie Bentley was in goal in the second half.
Saturday, the Hawks played Pacific in the final game of pool play. It was obvious the team played much better, but the end result was a 2-0 defeat. “We played a lot harder this game than the previous two,” Naeger mentioned. “I feel we matched up well until the breakdown in the middle of the field which led to the first goal. I was glad the girls did not deflate after the goal. They bounced back, and we threatened several times on the offensive end. The second goal they scored on us looked like our defense got bunched up in the middle, and they went right on around us for the goal.” Golden was in goal again for the Hawks. Naeger also noted that the back line consisting of Keeven, Emily Woodham, Alex Wick, and Bentley played well.