UMATILLA — Senior forward Patty Burres netted four goals, and sophomore forward Taylor Durfey had a hat trick to help Umatilla halt a two-match skid and shut out Four Rivers 8-0 on Saturday in an Eastern Oregon League match.
The victory followed a 4-0 loss at La Grande and a 2-1 defeat at Riverside.
“We bounced back after Riverside,” Umatilla coach Tim Lee said. “We weren’t really playing our game. (Today) we controlled the game and passed and possessed well. It was a good rebound game. Our team responded well.”
Junior forward Devina Monreal also scored a goal to keep Umatilla well ahead of the visiting Falcons on the way to their first Eastern Oregon League win of the season.
The Vikings (2-4-1, 1-1 EOL) travel to Irrigon on Thursday.
IRRIGON 1, NYSSA 0 — The Knights recorded a home shut out for their first win of the season in Eastern Oregon League play.
Freshman Caren Cardenas netted Irrigon’s lone goal to take control in the second half of the contest.
“We played much better today,” Irrigon coach Ivan Navarrete said. “It was a good start to the (league).”
Irrigon (1-5-1, 1-1-1 EOL) host Umatilla on Thursday.
UMATILLA 7, FOUR RIVERS 1 — The Vikings broke a three-match skid with a home win against Four Rivers on Saturday.
Senior midfielder Jose Alaniz put Umatilla on the board with a goal in the first half. Sophomore forward Alexis Ruiz and junior forward Jefri Coria each scored twice in the final 40 minutes, and freshman midfielder Gerardo Garcilazo and Alaniz each scored once in the second half.
Umatilla (2-3-1, 1-1 EOL) travels to Irrigon on Thursday for an EOL game.
WALLOWA 3, NIXYAAWII 0 — The Golden Eagles suffered their sixth consecutive loss after dropping an Old Oregon League match at No. 2-ranked Wallowa on Saturday.
Nixyaawii lost in sets of 25-13, 25-8, and 25-4.
After five straight matches on the road, the Golden Eagles (1-6, 0-3 OOL) return home to host Cove at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
HEPPNER WINS ONE, DROPS ONE AT HOME — A Saturday home doubleheader saw the Mustangs defeat Enterprise in three before falling to Union in five.
A 93% accuracy from the service line helped Heppner take down Enterprise 25-22, 25-23, 25-18. Junior outside hitter Sydney Wilson led with a match-high 14 kills and 20 digs, and senior middle blocker Nicole Propheter had nine kills, with four blocks. Genevieve Smith had 13 assists, and Marlee Mitchell had 10.
Heppner took the first set against Union 25-20, but dropped the following two sets 25-12 each. They rebounded with a fourth-set 25-22 win, but fell in the final set, 15-6.
Wilson hit five aces, eight kills, and 24 digs against the Bobcats. Propheter recorded 13 digs.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with how my girls played today,” Heppner coach Mindy Wilson said. “I’m definitely not disappointed in the loss. They played the best they have all year. (The match against Union) might be a loss in the books, but it was a win for us as a team.”
Heppner (8-11, 2-2 BMC) hosts Weston-McEwen on Tuesday in a BML match.
ONTARIO 3, MAC-HI 0 — The Pioneers may have dropped Saturday’s Greater Oregon League match to the Tigers, but coach Lucy Deal saw strong performances on both sides of the net.
“There was solid playing from both teams,” she said. “There was some frustrating officiating, but it happens. We were very well matched.”
Ontario came out on top 25-19, 28-26, 25-23.
Sophomore setter Cambree Chester had 60 assists, Jaycee Deal posted a team-high seven kills and added 13 digs. Abby Richwine had six kills, and senior libero Sydney Dibble had 16 digs.
Mac-Hi (3-10, 0-2 GOL) hosts the No. 2-ranked Baker Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Tuesday.