Redmond scores a pair of second-half goals to break open close match

The Redmond Panthers scored a pair of second-half goals to break open a close match and defeat Crook County 3-1 Tuesday afternoon in Intermountain Hybrid girls soccer LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Maddie Lindburg races towards the Redmond goal during the second half of the Cowgirls 3-1 loss to the Panthers.

“It was a pretty even match,” said Crook County Head Coach Rich Abrams. “We just got beat by some long shots that seemed to come out of nowhere. Most of those shots won’t go anywhere near the goal, but those were perfectly placed shots from way out. That’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes.”

Neither team was able to score for much of the first half before Ciara Lennie scored a goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

Madie Bernard answered for the Cowgirls, with a goal 15 minutes into the second half.

However, the Panthers quickly scored again. Rose Land took the ball from the middle of the field, drove past four Cowgirl defenders, and blasted the ball past Crook County’s goalkeeper from 20 meters out to give the Panthers the lead for good. Lennie scored an insurance goal for the Panthers 10 minutes later to put the match out of reach.

“I thought we were pretty even and we fought hard,” Abrams said. “I think we are ready to be a much better team next year.”

The Cowgirls (2-9-1) played Ridgeview on Thursday. The team will close out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 22, when they host the Summit Storm in a 3 p.m. contest

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