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Cowgirls shut out Panthers


Crook County scores a 2-0 win over Redmond in Intermountain Hybrid soccer action

The Crook County Cowgirls were able to control the ball and the tempo of the match as they took a 2-0 victory from the Redmond Panthers in Intermountain Hybrid soccer action.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Madie Bernard slips the ball past a group of Redmond defenders. Bernard scored one of the Cowgirls two goals in a 2-0 shut out of the  Panthers.

“I told the team that this year, what we were going to do is establish our defense for next year,” said Crook County Head Coach Rich Abrams following the match. “So it’s team defense; forwards pressuring, midfielders pressuring, everybody pressuring the ball.”

The Cowgirls continually pushed the ball up the field throughout the contest. Early in the match, the Cowgirls had several good scoring attempts, but were unable to score.

Late in the first half, Emily Kreachbaum blasted a shot from 25 meters out into the back of the goal.

“It was awesome,” Kreachbaum said of her goal.

Neither team was able to score the remainder of the half, and Crook County still led 1-0 at the break.

by: LON AUSTIN/ CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hannah Burgess and a Redmond player fight for the ball during the second half of the Cowgirls 2-0 shutout of the Panthers.Midway through the second half, Hannah Burgess stole the ball from a Panther midfielder and passed the ball down the field where Madie Bernard raced past the defense to score an easy goal.

“Burgess was just pressuring the ball and got it out in front and Bernard ran onto it and scored,” Abrams said. “She didn’t make the play, she was just able to beat everybody to the ball and score.”

Late in the match, the Panthers were able to put some pressure on the Crook County defense. However, the Cowgirls were up to the challenge and forced the Panthers to attempt shots from far out away from the goal. What few shots Redmond managed to put on the goal were slow rollers that Crook County goalkeeper Megan Highsmith was able to easily stop.

“I was really pleased,” Abrams said. “Our defense won the game. We got the goals when we needed them to win the game — one would have been enough the way our team played defense. As skilled as some of their players were, they only got a couple of shots on goal and a lot of them were from far out and easy to pick up.”

The win was the Cowgirls’ second of the season, and the first time Crook County has defeated Redmond in several years.

“I don’t remember the last time we beat Redmond,” Abrams said. “It’s been a while. It hasn’t been with anybody that’s on the team right now.”

Kreachbaum was also excited about the victory.

“It feels awesome,” she said. “It feels like we’ve worked hard for it. We are doing better with our passes and I think that we are putting more effort in. Crook County played really well tonight.”

Crook County is back in action today when they host the Ridgeview Ravens in a 4:30 p.m. Special District I match.