By Brian Rathbone

The Bulletin

A year without a goal can create quite an appetite.

Try as she may, Redmond’s Dagne Harris could not find the back of the net in any of her 14 games her freshman season.

Through three games this season, Harris has found the back of the four times, three coming in Tuesday’s win 4-2 win over Central.

“I definitely think that getting one in the net made me hungry for more for sure,” the sophomore forward said.

Against Central, Harris scored in a variety of ways. Her first goal came from outside the penalty box, lofting the ball over the goalkeeper’s head. Her second came off a header, courtesy a percectly placed cross from Skyla Gonzales.

Despite the low scoring output as a freshman, Harris was still named to the second-team All-Intermountain Conference and Redmond coach Martha Segura called her “one of the team’s top players.”

“It was a matter of us finding her and getting her the ball,” Segura said. “We are finally able to do that and support one of our best offensive players and she’s going to net a lot more goals this season now that we can support her.”

Harris completed the hat trick with a penalty kick in the second half to give Redmond a comfortable 4-1 lead. While the PK might have been the easiest goal to convert, it was the most satisfying goal.

“I honestly thought that my long shot was going over (the goal) and my header barely rolled in, so probably my PK because my last PK I tried to fake it and I definitely did not make it,” Harris said. “I don’t think I’ve ever scored on a header, so that was pretty cool.”

Midway through the first half, Central was able to tie the match at one goal apiece. Central forward Ester Vantil stole a pass from the Redmond defense and had a one-on-one matchup with goalkeeper Alyssa McConnell. Vantil did not miss.

Shortly after, Harris header gave the Panthers the lead again. A minute later, Redmond’sRory Eldridge corralled a blocked shot and tapped it in giving Redmond the 3-1 advantage.

“That whole first half I had a lot of shots on goal,” Harris said. “It felt good to make a lot of plays and I could tell that my team was finding a new energy.”

With its second win of the season, Redmond already has as many wins as it did a season ago. The Panthers also lost to Central 5-1 in 2018. Segura said Tuesday was an important win for her team as they wrap up their non-league schedule next Tuesday against South Albany before kicking off the league schedule against Pendleton on Thursday, Sept. 26.

“It was a good stepping stone for our girls and our program,” Segura said. “We still have a lot things to work on but it was a great place to be, we only have one preseason game left so that was a big win for us ... It’s been a process building that winning mentality before the whistle blows and I really think they did that today. They came out confident knowing that if they performed, they would win.”

--Reporter: 541-383-0307, brathbone@bendbulletin.com

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