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Ravens defeat Cowgirls 4-1


Crook County is eliminated from post-season contention with loss to Ridgeview

The Crook County Cowgirl soccer team was eliminated from post-season contention on Thursday with a 4-1 Special District I loss to the Ridgeview Ravens.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Adriana Villagomez plays the ball during the Cowgirls 4-1 loss to the Ridgeview Ravens on Thursday. Villagomez scored the Cowgirls lone goal in the match.

“It was 8-0 the first time we played them,” said Crook County Head Coach Rich Abrams following the match. “Four to one is a huge improvement and that’s what I just told the team.”

The victory earned the Ravens the Special District I championship and guaranteed the team at least a play-in match.

Neither team was able to score early in the contest. Midway through the first half, the Cowgirls made a run deep into the Ridgeview end of the field. The Ridgeview defenders were able to turn Crook County away and started a counterattack. Two Crook County defenders had opportunities to play the ball, the first near midfield. However, both missed the ball and Ridgeview’s midfielder raced all the way down the field to score an easy goal. Ridgeview added a second goal with less than a minute remaining in the half.

Early in the second half, the Cowgirls were able to force the action and earned a series of corner kicks. Eighteen minutes into the half, the Cowgirls finally broke through when Adriana Villagomez was able to score off a corner kick from Emily Kreachbaum.

The Cowgirls had an opportunity to tie the contest minutes later. However, the Ridgeview goalkeeper made the stop.

Ridgeview extended the lead to 3-1 in the game’s 68th minute, then added an insurance goal two minutes later.

The loss dropped the Cowgirls to 0-2 in Special District I, and 2-10-1 overall. Meanwhile, Ridgeview ran their record to 2-0 in league and 5-7-1 overall. The Cowgirls finish their season today when they host the Summit Storm JV team in a 3 p.m. contest.