The Lady Bulldogs put up a fight against Hanford during their Saturday afternoon season opener in Richland, but ultimately lost a tough game with a score of 4-1.
The first half was action-packed, and saw Hermiston getting on the scoreboard first after wing defender Elizabeth Hernandez made her free kick just two minutes into the game.
It wasn’t long until the Falcons caught up, however. Hanford forward Emily Sondag and midfielder Spencer Seabaugh scored back-to-back goals, and defender Rylee Matheny went for a third, but was intercepted by Hermiston defender Giselle Cisneros.
Hanford scored its third goal when forward Marinn Nelson made a header past Hermiston’s goalie Lanie Gomez. Nelson set up another goal, passing it to Ellie Harlow who scored the final goal of the game, ending the first half with a score of 4-1.
Defense was strong all around during the second half, as both teams kept each other at bay, not allowing a single goal to be made.
“I think we won the second half,” said Hermiston head coach Freddy Guizar after the game. “The girls kept their heads up and kept fighting. They kept their composure and put a lot of effort into the second half.”
This was Hermiston’s first girls’ soccer game as a member of the WIAA and the Mid-Columbia Conference. Guizar says he feels good about his team’s progress, but feels there’s still a lot to learn.
“I was a little aggressive out there,” said Hermiston midfielder Amanda Nygard. “We have to play not as a team, but as a family.”
“The biggest difference [in the WIAA] is the pressure our opponents set,” Guizar said. “They put a lot of time and effort in. We’re gonna be up there with them.”