HERMISTON - The Hermiston Bulldogs fdidn't finish their opportunities Tuesday, while Southridge (Wash.) did just the opposite for a 4-0 girls nonleague victory.

"Our errors," said Hermiston head coach John Larson of the difference in the game. "(Southridge) is a skilled team and more physical team."

Amanda Phenneger put Southridge ahead 1-0 with a goal at the 2-minute mark in the first half and Corey McNeill made the score 2-0 with a goal 14 minutes later.

"This was our first game of the season and I thought we played well," Southridge head coach Greg Sambrano said. "I think our speed caused them some problems."

The Bulldogs had an opportunity to score at the 20-minute mark in the first half, but Southridge fended off the attack.

After playing defense for most of the first half, Lindsey Downey and Kylie Cody had back-to-back scoring opportunites for the Bulldogs just before the break, but were unable to convert.

"We just didn't finish well," Larson said. "I thought we played well overall, but things didn't go our way."

Kelsey Smith and Emily Markham added goals for Southridge in the second half.

Hermiston visits Class 3A La Grande at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Hermiston 2, Umatilla 2

UMATILLA - The Umatilla Vikings were out-shot 30-17 on goal by the Hermiston Bulldogs Tuesday, but Umatilla was walked away with a 2-2 tie in a nonleague soccer game.

"We dominated them, but had a lot of shots go off the bar and left or right," Hermiston head coach Tim McCreary said. "Give Umatilla credit because they hung in there and took advantage of our mistakes."

Baltazar Lopez and Gabe Ortega scored goals for the Bulldogs and Julio Guardado played outstanding according to McCreary.

"We are improving even though we were a little careless at times," McCreary said. "We started slow, but played well when after we got going."

Hermiston will play at Class 3A Mac-Hi at 11 a.m. Saturday.


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