Mistakes prove costly in 3-0 loss by Cowboys

Experience proved to be the difference as the Ridgeview Ravens came away from Crook County with a 3-0 Special District I boys soccer LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Johnathan Toledo (17) and Sam Verdusco (19) both leap in an attempt to head the ball during a corner kick in the Cowboys match against the Ridgeview Ravens. Ridgeview went on to score two sedcond half goals en route to a 3-0 win.

“We made a couple of mistakes,” said Crook County Head Coach Joel Carrillo. “But I’m happy with how we competed because we made good pressure and are not afraid to play against guys that are older and more experienced.”

With a senior-laden team, the Ravens were able to put constant pressure on the Cowboys. For much of the contest, it looked like the Cowboys were up to the challenge. The Cowboys made a mistake midway through the first half as a streaking Aaron Zendajas was able to get behind the Crook County defenders and slip the ball past goalkeeper Christian Nunez.

Minutes later, the Cowboys had a scoring opportunity of their own, but Ridgeview’s goalie came out of the goal box and made a sliding stop before Crook County forward Zane Abrams could run down the ball.

Ridgeview still led 1-1 at halftime. However, Zendajas took advantage of a pair of Cowboy mistakes to score a pair of second half goals.

Ruben Jauregui and Chase Bennett each earned assists for the Ravens.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys had several scoring opportunities in the second half, but were unable to put the ball in the goal.

“Soccer has to be won with scores, and we didn’t make any,” Carrillo said. “But we had some chances and we are happy with that.”

With the win, the Ravens are 1-0 in Special District I and 3-2-3 overall, while the Cowboys fall to 0-1 in district play and 4-2-1 overall.

“We played really hard and we played good defense,”?Carrillo said. “Now we will prepare for the next game.”

Crook County played at Summit on Thursday. The team is on the road again on Saturday when they take on the Sweet Home Huskies. The Cowboys return home on Tuesday, Oct. 8 when they host the Mountain View Cougars in a 4:30 p.m. contest.

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