Cowboys shut out Redmond Panthers for the second time this season

On Tuesday afternoon, the Crook County Cowboys broke open a close match with a pair of second-half goals en route to a 2-0 shutout of the Redmond Panthers in Intermountain Hybrid soccer LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Victor Villagomez drives past a pair of Redmond Panther defenders during the Cowboys 2-0 win over the Panthers Tuesday afternoon. The Cowboys broke open a 0-0 tie with two second half goals to seal the win. Crook County is now 6-4-1 on the year.

“They feel more confident in themselves and are passing the ball more,” said Crook County Head Coach Joel Carrillo of his team following the match. “In the second half, they protected the ball and played their positions.”

Redmond controlled the ball for much of the first half, but was unable to put the ball in the goal. As the half progressed, the Cowboys began to counterattack, but were unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. Crook County began to take control of the ball in the second half, finally scoring their first goal 10 minutes into the half when Zane Abrams drilled a deflected ball over the Redmond goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Abrams scored again in the game’s 75th minute, off an assist by Diego Nunez.

“I’m happy for the assist by Nunez,” Carrillo said. “It was a beautiful pass.”

Late in the contest, Redmond had a pair of scoring opportunities, but both times, Crook County goalkeeper Christian Nunez was able to make the save.

It was the second time this year that the Cowboys have defeated the Panthers. With the win, the Cowboys ran their record to 6-4-1. Meanwhile, the Panthers have chosen to forfeit their Intermountain Hybrid matches against Class 5A schools, instead playing against the Bend school’s JV?teams and is officially 0-13 on the year.

The Cowboys traveled to Redmond again on Thursday to take on the Ridgeview Ravens. Ridgeview won the previous meeting between the two teams 3-0. Crook County finishes the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when they host the Summit Storm in a 4:30 p.m. match.

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