T-Dub boys force scoreless tie with Hermiston
If only The Dalles Wahtonka had been at this level of continuity and consistency from the beginning of the season — maybe the team would not be scratching and clawing for a sniff at the postseason.
For the third consecutive game, TDW played a clean and crisp 80 minutes of soccer and salvaged a scoreless tie with No. 19 Hermiston Thursday in Columbia River Conference boy’s soccer action in The Dalles.
“Knowing it is towards the end of the season, I am sure they feel bad because they have always been capable of playing this way,” Gamez said. “I am very happy because I ask the guys to give 110 percent effort, play with their heart and when you do that, there is no reason to feel sad. You can walk away happy with whatever the result is.”
Although a zero appears on the Tribe’s side of the scoreboard, it was not without eight or 10 scoring chances.
Whether it was Aldo Rivas just missing on free kicks, Ernesto Rodriguez being stopped or Tony Morales hitting the goal post in the opening half or a host of other close calls, TDW could not solve the Bulldog defense. Even when Hermiston had a player ejected late in the second half due to a second yellow card, TDW had a few shots go by the wayside.
“It is unfortunate because I think we were the better team of the two, not by much,” Gamez said. “We knew coming in that Hermiston was going to be a tough challenge. I think we created more opportunities than they did, but that is the way soccer is – sometimes you put them in and sometimes you don’t.”
Added to the high drama of these final two games and a frenetic postseason surge, Thursday marked the final time that Bryan Sanchez, Christian Garcia, Alexis Elias, Rodriguez, Sergio Rios, Rocco Cozza, Armando Cabrera, Jesus Gamez and Julian Gutierrez played a high school match on the Wahtonka field. “It is sad because I have been playing with these guys since I was young,” Sanchez said. “You never know if you are going to play in college or if you will play on this field again with your teammates. These are my brothers. The time has flown by and I can’t believe it. I have to say I am proud of all my teammates and how they played in their last game here. We can take pride in that.”
TDW (2-6-3 overall, 1-2-1 league) next heads to Pendleton at 4 p.m. next Thursday.