Stayton scores six first-half goals en route to easy win

For the first five minutes of the contest, it looked like it would be all Crook County.

The Cowgirl soccer team had the ball deep in Stayton’s end of the field for most of the time and had several solid scoring by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Emily Kreachbaum drives the ball towards the Stayton goal. Kreachbaum scored the Cowgirls lone goal in the contest as Crook County fell 7-1 to Stayton.opportunities.

However, Stayton’s goalie stopped every shot the Cowgirls threw at her during the early barrage. Then, as the game progressed, the Stayton Eagles slowly gained control of the contest, cruising to a 7-1 victory.

“The best player on Stayton’s team is actually their goalie,” said Crook County Head Coach Rich Abrams. “She basically won the game for them last year.”

Seven minutes into the contest, the Cowgirls took a shot which sailed wide of the Eagle goal. Stayton’s goalie kicked the goal kick deep up the field, where an Eagle forward slipped past the Crook County defense for an easy goal.

Stayton scored again seven minutes later to take a 2-0 lead. The Eagles scored twice more before the Cowgirls finally got on the board on a goal by Emily Kreachbaum with 17:47 remaining in the first half.

Stayton slipped behind the Cowgirl defense twice more in the first half as they raced to a 6-1 lead.

Stayton added an insurance goal five minutes into the second half. Crook County tried to respond. However, Madie Bernard was fouled inside the penalty box and Stayton’s goalie was able to stop the ensuing penalty kick. Although the Cowgirls had several more scoring opportunities in the half, they were unable to score as the Eagles coasted to the easy win.

The Cowgirls had two defensive players suspended for the first half of the game. Abrams credited their return for the Cowgirls improved defense in the second half.

“We got scored on one goal in the second half compared to six in the first half, so yeah, it makes a giant difference. I’m not displeased because I know if I can get all of our players on the field at the same time, we will be a much better team. It just shows what one year on the varsity does for you.”

Abrams added that in addition to the two defensive players who missed the first half, another starter was sidelined due to a concussion she suffered while watching the boys game on by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Reveca Nunez has her shot blocked by Staytons goalie in the Cowgirls 7-1 loss to the Eagles.Tuesday.

“They were just goofing around and she fell down while they were watching the game,” he said. “You know it’s part of the game. One person gets hurt and it’s an opportunity for somebody else.”

Crook County has just three players with significant varsity experience, and the inexperience showed during the contest. However, Abrams was pleased with the progress that he saw as the game progressed.

The team has been working in practice to improve their passing accuracy. Although the drills did not translate to an immediate improvement on the field, Abrams is confident that it will make a difference in the near future.

“We’ve been working on it all last week,” he said. “I can’t say we actually improved when we came to game time, but we’ve improved at least in practice, so if we just keep at it, I think it will start to pay off. If we can get our pass completion up more into the 60 percent range instead of the 30 percent range, I think we will be a lot more formidable team, even with inexperienced players.”

The Cowgirls (0-2) are back in action on Tuesday when they host the La Pine Hawks (0-2-1) in a 4:30 p.m. contest.

“I’m thinking that’s a game that we can win if we can get all of our players there and healthy,” Abrams said.

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